26 March 2010
Woman succeeds in claims of sexual discrimination
A woman who took her former employer to tribunal over alleged sexual discrimination has been successful.
Jackie Hinchliffe worked at Reed as a recruitment manager, Crain's Manchester Business reports.
She said that she had been mistreated by the firm - which runs a website claiming to receive visits from more than two million jobseekers each month, who make a combined number of 45,000 applications each day.
During a recent tribunal, her case was upheld.
It was ruled that the firm and one of its regional directors, Heath Bartmanis, subjected her to sexual discrimination.
Comments made by the director were identified as "entirely inappropriate".
Since leaving the organisation, Ms Hinchcliffe has found alternative employment.
She has been awarded an undisclosed sum in compensation, but stated that the case had "never been about financial gain ... but ensuring that my previous colleagues never have to go through what I did."
Mark Nolan, employment solicitor at Russell Jones & Walker, commented: "The judgment in this case involving discriminatory comments made towards a female manager highlights the fact that even those dealing with employment and recruitment issues on a day to day basis are not above the law and inappropriate comments made by management towards their staff are unacceptable, discriminatory and costly for their organisations in terms of both the litigation and for their reputation."
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