Female City Banker Wins her Sex Discrimination Claim

Female City Banker Wins her Sex Discrimination Claim

A female city banker has been successful in her claims for sex discrimination victimisation and unfair dismissal against the investment bank Oppenheimer Europe the London Central Employment Tribunal recently found. Ms Sitz 42 from Spain had her £95000.00 a year salary at the bank slashed to a £6.08 per hour minimum wage following a complaint of sex discrimination. She was sacked one week later.
Ms Sitz complained that she was being given the £80000.00 pay cut because she was a woman.
Ms Sitz disclosed a series of e-mails in which the company was dubbed “bunga – bunga securities”. This was a reference that the male colleagues of Ms Sitz had given their company comparing it to the notorious sex parties of Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi the Tribunal heard. In her evidence Ms Sitz said “there were many comments about ‘bunga bunga’ it was done all the time. I kept my head down and worked rather than listening but there was also e-mails sent around such as the reference to Oppenheimer as ‘bunga bunga securities’ when bunga bunga refers to erotic parties with sexual favours dispensed to men by women to which my mind was demeaning. I couldn’t believe this was being sent round. Of course I was offended by this kind of thing”
At one point Ms Sitz was Oppenheimer’s third best performer bringing in 12% of its total revenue. She made claims that her performance had plummeted after her boss gave the best new accounts to “his boys” and this got worse when another of her seniors Robert Van Den Bergh stripped her of her Irish accounts and called her “sweetheart”. Ms Sitz said “he explained it was mostly about beer and rugby in Ireland and so he thought I should be removed from the Irish accounts and they should be given to John Todman who could take the clients to rugby matches.” He also made comments that it would not be appropriate for her to join male clients on hunting trips. By the end of the discriminatory campaign Ms Sitz was left with just four accounts only two of which made significant money and was left “a broken woman”.
The bank denied the claims with Mr Van Den Bergh insisting he only removed the Claimant from the Irish accounts because she was “irrelevant and unknown” to the clients. He also said that the vast majority of his comments had been “a light hearted attempt to take her off the accounts without hurting her feelings”.
The Tribunal ruled in the Claimant’s favour and she is set to receive substantial compensation her lost earnings and injury to feelings.
At the moment no details of the compensation awarded to the Claimant have been disclosed but as and when these details become public we will update you further.
If you believe you have been unfairly dismissed and require assistance from an Employment Solicitors in Leeds then please contact our specialist Employment Team who will be happy to discuss the circumstances of your unfair dismissal case with you and advise you whether you may be successful in a claim for compensation against your former employers.
Written by
Ian Abel

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