Hi sorry I had left the office by the time your subsequent replies came through.
Going back to your query, you would have a potential claim on two grounds – sexual harassment (which is a form of sex discrimination) and maternity/sex discrimination.
The reasons are that you were likely not given a job due to your gender or potential for having children in the future and also you were exposed to unwanted acts of a sexual nature.
The claim can be made against the employer and/or the individuals responsible for this. You have 3 months from the date of the alleged incident to take this further to 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 123 1100.
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?