12 December 2011
Woman wins sex discrimination tribunal
Compensation has been awarded to a woman on the grounds of sex discrimination and constructive dismissal following an employment tribunal.
Angela Ashby worked for Cathelco - a global marine supplies company based in Chesterfield - in its sales department but left her role there due to the fact her boss allowed a "laddish culture" to exist among her male colleagues in the workplace.
During a case heard in Sheffield, the 41-year-old stated that manager Peter Smith would encourage an uncomfortable atmosphere by permitting members of staff to watch pornography at their desks and make lewd comments towards co-workers.
Furthermore, Ms Ashby revealed she had been subject to cruel jokes about her weight and been referred to as "fat face" in a professional email, while other women working for the firm were also treated similarly.
She went on to say she had to take anti-depressants due to this bullying and judge Robert Little subsequently ruled in her favour.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson