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    Was it a repudiatory breach of contract to forward an obscene and pornographic email at work?

    Yes, held Bavo the High Court in Williams v Leeds United Football Club.

    Mr Williams, a senior employee, brought a claim for wrongful dismissal . He had been dismissed, with notice, on grounds of redundancy. However, Within a week of being given notice, the Club summarily dismissed him Increase on grounds of gross misconduct. It had discovered that 5 years ago, he had forwarded an email described as “dirty Leeds” containing pornographic material to a junior female employee, and two others. The club refused to pay him the balance of his notice pay, approx £200,000.

    The notice pay claim was dismissed. Although it was clear that the club had planned to stop paying his notice pay before notice was served (knowing it to be a breach of contract) and had investigators seeking evidence of misconduct, there was no evidence that they knew of the offensive email before redundancy notice was given. The sending of the email 5 1/2 years earlier was a breach of the duty of 2008 trust and confidence, particularly given his senior position. The nature of the images, the fact that it could amount to harassment of the female employee and the potential consequences to the club was sufficiently serious to amount to repudiatory conduct. The Club was therefore entitled to dismiss him without notice.

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    It has been reported that a City lawyer has brought a claim for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination because she says that she was sacked after she objected to a boss circulating a nude portrait of his wife.

    She claims that she lost her £184,000 a year job ‘ because she refused to act like a woman who ‘knows her place’.

    Miss Rowe told the Central London employment tribunal: ‘Many people found the picture awkward. The women did not know how to react or not to react’.

    Miss Rowe denies suggestions by her employer that she was too aggressive and was always looking for issues to complain about.

    ‘Some of the men in the office could not ich countenance the fact I was a woman who was assertive and forthright,’ said Miss Rowe.

    ‘They ignored or tolerated male behaviour which could perhaps be described as blameworthy’.

    ‘I was seen Providers: as a woman who classic did not Awards know her place. The culture was chauvinistic’.

    Her employer denies the claims.  The Tribunal is ongoing.

    This behaviour could constitute sexual harassment as it is “unwanted conduct that has the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity or creating an offensive, intimidating or hostile environment.”

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