12 July 2012
Female engineer sues Rolls-Royce for discrimination
Compensation of more than £135,000 is being sought by a female engineer on the grounds of sex discrimination.
According to the Daily Mail, Orla Phelan has taken former employer Rolls-Royce to an employment tribunal due to the fact she was treated unfairly by fellow members of the company's submarines division.
The 31-year-old - who was the only woman in the team - indicated that she was subjected to verbal abuse and groping after joining the group in 2008.
Ms Phelan claimed that two colleagues in particular - Paul Gamble and Mark Lee - made her life a misery, with Mr Gamble regularly referring her to her as his secretary and her line manager Mr Lee belittling her abilities.
"As soon as I arrived, it was clear to me that I was the only female in a group that included two laddish males. They sought to put me down as soon as possible," she told the hearing.
Due to her treatment, the professional indicated she suffered a serious episode of depression and was then sacked when she refused to continue working in the submarines team.
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Posted by Francesca Witney
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