16 March 2010
City worker accepts settlement over claims of sex discrimination
A City worker has accepted the terms of settlement worth millions of pounds over claims she was the victim of sex discrimination.
According to a Daily Mail report, Gillian Switalski has come to a deal with former employer F&C Asset Management - which has roots tracing back to 1868.
She was seeking money over what she alleged was sexist bullying that destroyed her career.
Her case centred on suggestions that she was victimised over a period of 18 months.
Ms Switalski claimed she was left needing medication for depression and a psychological disorder as a result of the treatment she received from managers while in her £140,000-a-year position as F&C's head of legal affairs.
In a new development, the 53-year-old mother-of-four has come to an agreement with the firm out of court.
Responding to the development, the company said: "This matter has been resolved and all claims have been withdrawn."
Samantha Mangwana, employment lawyer at Russell Jones & Walker, commented: "Compensation in discrimination claims is unlimited and is available for loss of earnings and injury to health arising from the discrimination.
"These can lead to very substantial payouts where a high-earner has lost their job, especially in circumstances where medical evidence demonstrates that their health has been so severely affected that the compensation is for career loss of earnings."
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