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Sexism and Bullying by Employer during COVID-19 Pandemic
am a full time employed professional and my husband is a Surveyor. We have both been working home, in addition to providing home learning for our two children (in two different year groups). Our children’s school has not yet decided when to open for their year group. Both of us have informed our employers however, my husband’s employer has made several suggestions which surmounts to sexism and bullying. His employer has asked him to come into work, despite my husband informing him that we shall have no childcare. He has reminded his employer that the government has only suggested travelling to work if it is not possible to work from home. They can work from home and have been. My husband has informed his employer of his improved productivity (we have worked out a system which works for our family and insures that my children can learn, whilst allowing us both to fulfil our work responsibilities during working hours. The company he works for is a small business and my husband’s employer has admitted finding it difficult to work from home himself and therefore wants things to return ‘to normal’ so that he (the employer) can leave his wife with their kids to resume work in the office.
Today was the final straw where his employer said ‘I pay you from 9 to 5, therefore if you have to stay at home due to childcare then I am paying for your childcare’. He has made several suggestions that the childcare should be left with me (despite me earning more than my husband). We have evidence of all the work my husband has undertaken including the office risk assessment which is the employer’s responsibility. We have evidence of several remarks of bullying etc. when my husband has expressed concerns of travelling via the London underground to work. All staff (except the employer) have been able to work home effectively from home.
My husband is at the point where he is become overly stressed with this situation. Please can someone advise us what our legal position is?
Thank you in advance.