Michael Paulin appeared for the successful Respondent in the Employment Tribunal in a trial of allegations of discrimination. The Claimant, a former prison officer, brought a claim for sexual harassment in connection with the circumstances of a full search that was conducted because of the Respondent’s concerns about prison officers smuggling drugs into a young offenders institution. The Respondent conceded that the search in question contravened its policies and procedures.

The Tribunal accepted the Respondent’s submission that, notwithstanding its concession, the Claimant’s case did not satisfy the applicable legal tests set out by s.26 Equality Act 2010. The Tribunal unanimously dismissed the Claimant’s case in its entirety.