09 September 2008
Compensation to be paid to sexual discrimination victim
A mother of three could receive a payment of up to £250,000 after a judge ruled that she had suffered sexual discrimination in the work place.
Described as a "rising star", 40-year-old Alison Prowse Piper worked for Anglian Home Improvements on a salary of £100,000 per year before her third child was born two years ago.
However, when she returned to work for six months following the birth, she alleges her salary was slashed by more than £40,000.
Ms Prowse Piper also asserts she was verbally abused by a director - who described her as both "pathetic" and "boring" - and was excluded from important meetings, according to the Telegraph.
"[The director's] conduct had the purpose of violating her dignity or of creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for her," said employment judge Christa Christensen.
The Daily Mail reported that a second hearing, scheduled for November, will determine the exact payout to be made to Mrs Prowse Piper.
Some estimates have indicated that it may be up to two and a half times her annual salary.