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City banker wins sex discrimination claim

City banker wins sex discrimination claim

A female banker who was made redundant after returning from maternity leave has been awarded damages worth £1.5 million in a sex discrimination case.

Oksana Denysenko went back to work at Credit Suisse in May 2007 after the birth of her daughter, but found that the colleague hired to cover her position was still there.

After seven months, bosses at the investment bank told her they did not need two people handling clients in Ukraine and she was dismissed.

An employment law tribunal found Ms Denysenko had been unfairly dismissed from her £80,000 per year job and was the victim of sexual discrimination, as she was made redundant as a direct result of her maternity leave.

The banker joined Credit Suisse in 2004 and took sole charge of the emerging Ukrainian market a year later. She informed the company of her pregnancy in December 2005 and began her maternity leave in March 2006.

According to the Daily Mail, Ms Denysenko declined to comment on her compensation award, which equates to more than 18 times her basic salary.

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Posted by Cheryl Bennett