09 January 2012
Executive awarded £2.2m sex discrimination damages
A seven-figure compensation sum has been awarded to a businesswoman on the grounds of sex discrimination.
According to the Daily Mail, entrepreneur Kate Bleasdale has been granted a damages settlement of £2.2 million after claiming she was subjected to unfair treatment during her time as chief executive of medical staffing agency Match Group.
Ms Bleasdale stated she was driven to the brink of a mental breakdown after regularly being degraded by male colleagues through issues such as sexually-explicit emails and physical harassment.
The 41-year-old - who previously worked as a nurse - indicated she told fellow senior officials about these problems but was ignored and was eventually dismissed from her £224,000 per annum role without good reason.
"They had no respect for me or my dignity," she stated.
Paul Daniels, employment solicitor at Russell Jones & Walker, observed: "The interesting feature of this case, aside from the very large award, is the executive's claim for the loss of valuable shares which no doubt bumped up the pay-out, as well as the incidence of such sexual discrimination in the boardroom of such a major company."
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Posted by Francesca Witney