29 April 2008
City marketing exec sues over alleged sex discrimination and constructive dismissal
A City marketing executive has told an employment tribunal that she was the victim of "bullying, harassment and intimidation" at work.
Chia Oh claims that she was forced out of her job after announcing she was pregnant when a manager, Rob Tyler, began to taunt her about not using contraception.
According to the 29-year-old, he emailed her a link to a news report entitled 'Effective natural contraception'.
She also says that the company's directors become increasingly hostile towards her when she was forced to take time off work due to pregnancy-related illness.
Ms Oh is now suing New Star Asset Management, a retail fund management firm which was established in 2000, for sex discrimination and constructive dismissal.
She commented: "The bullying and harassment of Mr Tyler made my working environment so hostile.
"I felt that Mr Tyler's attitude had tainted my reputation and he has lowered my confidence and inhibited my career."
It is thought that, if the claim is successful, she could be in line to receive compensation of up to £70,000.
New star strongly denies Ms Oh's claims and the hearing continues.
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