Woman Wins First Round In Discrimination Case
Woman Wins First Round In £13.4 Million Sex Discrimination Case
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A challenge against an ex legal chief's multi-million pound discrimination claim has failed.
The challenge relates to Gillian Switalski’s claims of sexual discrimination, harassment and victimisation against F&C Asset Management, which was upheld by the employment tribunal in March.
Switalksi’s lawyer Suzanne McKie had successfully argued that F&C had overlooked her for management positions in favour of her colleagues.
McKie also argued that Switalski was unfairly scrutinised by her line manager when she took time off to look after her disabled son, comparing Switalski’s situation to that of a male employee who also had a child with special needs and was granted time off.
F&C sought to overturn the ruling at the employment appeal tribunal (EAT) on the basis that the tribunal had given a misdirection in the law in its original ruling.
However the EAT rejected all four points of F&C’s appeal, and said the employment tribunal had acted in accordance with the law.
This paves the way for Switalski’s remedy hearing, which will determine the extent of her compensation on 16th June.
It is understood that F&C could be forced to pay up to £13.4m to Switalski for earnings lost since the harassment began.