LABD was formed by Nathalie Abildgaard in December 2018 in response to the challenges she experienced trying enforce her rights under the Equality Act against her former employer after being subject to workplace sexual harassment. Realising that the cost of legal representation is far too great for most individuals to carry and that there are limited options to get support, she decided to start a charity devoted to provide legal aid to individuals standing up against workplace discrimination.
LABD has received support from a number of individuals and raised £50,000 to date
Jess Phillips, Labour Member of Parliament (MP) and member of The Women and Equalities commitee:
“The barriers to justice for ordinary women and men are huge, it is vanishingly rare that a woman sacked because she was pregnant or had been sexually harassed would ever have the resource or the support to take a case to tribunal. If as a society we want to end a culture of discrimination and abuse in our workplaces we must ensure people are supported with proper legal advice. I am thrilled that Legal Aid for Business Diversity are setting up to change this and I will be working with them to right this wrong.”
Jo Swinson, Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament (MP):
“Taking an employer, or former employer, to tribunal is not a decision people make lightly. Aside from the emotional toll, legal fees can deter victims from seeking justice. When this results in talented staff leaving organisations, those businesses suffer, as does the wider economy. It’s great to hear that Legal Aid for Business Diversity plan to help reduce the financial burden by providing advice and support so that these important claims can be heard, and employment rights upheld.“
Joanna Chatterton, Partner in Employment Law at Fox Williams LLP:
“In our experience the cost of bringing a claim for harassment and other discrimination can deter applicants from pursuing legitimate claims. With no Government Legal Aid available for employment tribunal claims the support which Legal Aid for Business Diversity can provide may be the only means of achieving access to justice.”