Learning from the Jo Phoenix case

Learning from the Jo Phoenix case – what universities and their regulators need to know and do

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Professor Jo Phoenix became the target of a campaign of harassment from her colleagues at the Open University in 2019. An employment tribunal found the OU liable for more than 25 counts of belief discrimination and harassment, leading to unlawful constructive dismissal.

But what happened at the OU was not just the OU’s problem, and it was not just about Phoenix. This briefing tells the story of the case based on the findings of the employment tribunal, and sets out lessons for the university sector and for its regulators.