Hairdresser loses discrimination bid after boss ‘paid for new clothes’


Stylist Lisa Thompson was told off by salon owner Luke Daniels when she turned up to work at Urban Angels salon in Navenby, Lincs, looking ‘unacceptable’, a tribunal heard

Urban Angels salon in Navenby, Lincs, where Lisa Thompson worked for 16 months
Urban Angels salon in Navenby, Lincs, where Lisa Thompson worked for 16 months

A “humiliated” hairdresser has lost a sex discrimination case after her boss gave her £100 for new clothes and offered to give her a better haircut.

Stylist Lisa Thompson was told off by salon owner Luke Daniels when she turned up to work looking ‘unacceptable’, a tribunal heard.

Mr Daniels said Ms Thompson looked ‘untidy’ with unwashed, scraped back hair and no make-up and wearing leggings, a bobbly long black cardigan and flip flops.

The company owner handed her £100 to buy herself nice clothes and offered her a free treatment worth £150 to ‘enhance the appearance of her hair’.

‘Humiliated’ Ms Thompson later took Mr Daniels to an employment tribunal, claiming she was harassed and discriminated against due to her sex and age.

Boss Luke Daniels gave her cash for clothes and offered her a free hair treatment
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Ms Thompson, in her 40s, alleged Mr Daniels told her that her hair was ‘disgusting’ and her clothes were ‘shabby’, however a judge dismissed her claims.

The tribunal heard Ms Thompson worked at Urban Angels salon in Navenby, Lincs, for 16 months when she arrived looking ‘untidy’ on June 12, 2019.

Ms Thompson, who had an injured foot, was allegedly pulled to one side by Mr Daniels after she was ‘gossiping’ with a client about her old employer and chewing gum.

She claimed she was wearing make-up, that Mr Daniels ‘yelled’ at her and said her hair was a ‘mess’, and told her ‘you’re not exactly the look of Urban Angels’.

The Nottingham tribunal found Mr Daniels, in his 40s, didn’t make the comments but addressed her appearance in a ‘supportive’ way.

The company boss addressed the employee’s appearance in a ‘supportive’ way, the tribunal ruled
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Employment Judge Kimbra Welch said: “Mr Daniels’ evidence was that he spoke in a professional way to Ms Thompson to make her aware of his concerns with the image she was presenting by chewing gum, making derogatory comments about other salons and her untidy appearance.

“He denied saying that her hair was disgusting, her clothing was shabby or that her facial appearance and make up was not appropriate for their business.

“We accept that Mr Daniels made comments about her appearance, including her hair and behaviour in the salon, and that he gave her £100 to buy work clothes and offered her a free hairdo.

“Whilst we understand that Ms Thompson was upset by the events on June 12, as no one would want to be told that they were not behaving appropriately, nor that their appearance was at an unacceptable standard, we do not believe that this was linked to her sex or age.”

Ms Thompson was fired after she accessed the salon’s computer system using unauthorised codes while she was on sick leave following the June 12 incident.

She tried to sue LG Daniels Ltd – which trades as Urban Angels – claiming the events on June 12 led to her dismissal, however Judge Welch ruled the sacking was due to her computer breach.

She lost all claims.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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