11 February 2009
Senior female executive in City firm claims sexual discrimination
A senior female executive in a City company is claiming she was the victim of sexual discrimination.
Anna Atkins alleges that she was overlooked for promotion at Standard Chartered because of a macho culture that existed in the organisation which was typified by "late-night drinking and cigar smoking".
During an employment tribunal, the 52-year-old said that it was not uncommon for off-site meetings to end up in strip clubs, the Times reports.
The mother-of-two has made four allegations of sexual discrimination and six of victimisation.
She said: "My scope for growth both professionally and personally had been dramatically curtailed."
Ms Atkins added: "I was told I was not aggressive enough. I was told that I had to be more aggressive. I told them I was not happy being told to be more aggressive."
The bank, which was formed via the merger of two firms in 1969, denies the charges and the hearing continues.