17 July 2007
Sting and wife ordered to pay £25k compensation to sacked chef
Rock star Sting and his wife Trudie Styler must pay their former chef £24,000 after a court found she had been the victim of sexual discrimination.
At an employment tribunal in Southampton, Jane Martin, 41, of Winchester, claimed that she had been sacked by the couple after becoming pregnant.
Ms Martin had also told the court how after informing the couple of her pregnancy, her relationship with them rapidly declined and that matters had come to a head when she was put under so much pressure in her job that she feared she would miscarry.
Lake House, the estate named in the case, has won the right to appeal against the damages amount and the verdict.
A statement issued by the celebrity couple said: "Given the fact of that pending appeal, it is our belief and that of our legal team that the remedies hearing should never have taken place. Hence its findings are entirely academic.
"It remains Trudie's position that she, as a woman and a mother, has never in her life sexually discriminated against anyone and never would do so."
The court also accepted Ms Martin's claim of wrongful dismissal.