17 March 2009
City fund manager faces claims of sex discrimination at tribunal
A female director is taking legal action against a City fund manager who she accuses of sexual harassment.
Nadine Nassar claims that Guy Oppenheim, the chief executive of Notz Stucki, sacked her because she refused to go on a date with him, London publication the Evening Standard reports.
She says that the 55-year-old sent her suggestive text messages and late night phone calls.
According to Ms Nassar, she was dismissed from her £136,000-a-year position after spurning his advances.
The 36-year-old is suing the firm - which has offices in a number of cities, including Geneva, Zurich, London, New York and Luxembourg - for sex discrimination, unfair dismissal and victimisation.
She made a formal complaint about Mr Oppenheim last March and was fired days later on the grounds of poor performance.
Ms Nassar is seeking £400,000 in compensation.
The company and Mr Oppenheim, meanwhile, deny the allegations against them and the case continues.