Thank you. First of all you would certainly not be required to pay back the furlough pay you received. This is a grant by the Government and they will not expect the employer to pay it back, so there is absolutely no reason for the employer to ask you o repay it either. It is also not part of the scheme rules for employers to do that ad no law allows it.
In terms of the employment situation you experienced, there is likely sex discrimination there and also constructive dismissal on automatically unfair grounds due to being forced to leave as a result of the discrimination you experienced.
At this stage you have the option of considering a claim for these in the Employment Tribunal.
Before a person can make a claim in the employment tribunal, they would be required to participate in mandatory early conciliation through the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).
The purpose of this process is to allow ACAS to mediate between the claimant and respondent to agree on an out of court settlement in order to avoid the need for legal action in tribunal. The respondent does not have to engage in these discussions, or if they do and the talks are unsuccessful, the claimant will be issued with a certificate allowing them to make a claim.
However, if a settlement is reached, the claimant would agree not to proceed with the claim in return for the agreed financial settlement. Other terms can also be agreed as part of the settlement, such as an agreed reference.
To initiate the conciliation procedure ACAS can be contacted online by filling in the following form (https://ec.acas.org.uk/Submission/SingleClaimantPage), or by phone on 0300(###) ###-####
If the conciliation process was not successful and you then wanted to make a formal claim in tribunal, you can do so here:
Does this answer your query?