21 April 2009
Former HR boss secures compensation over alleged sex and racial discrimination
A woman who accused a senior executive within her firm of sex and racial discrimination has secured compensation in an out-of-court settlement.
Vicky Lydford, a former HR boss at Network Rail, received a total of £500,000, PersonnelToday.com reports.
She was offered the sum on the day she was due to meet her former employer - which took over the UK's rail network in 2002 and employs around 35,000 people - in court.
Ms Lydford said the executive in question had committed a range of offences, including referring to women in his department as "blonde honeys" and making disparaging comments to a black, female member of staff.
She claimed that she had been the victim of sex discrimination on the part of the executive after she challenged his behaviour.
An internal investigation at Network Rail upheld claims that the executive behaved inappropriately and made statements which were "politically incorrect".
However, the organisation said that no action was required because the person involved had not acted "maliciously" and because he had a good overall record.