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City banker lodges unfair dismissal claim

City banker lodges unfair dismissal claim

A City banker is seeking unfair dismissal compensation from a major financier she claims sacked her because it found out she was suing a former employer for sex discrimination.

During a hearing at an employment tribunal in central London, Latifa Bouabdillah alleged that she was sacked from her role at Commerzbank purely because she was taking legal action against Deutsche Bank, where she worked as vice president and director until resigning in 2011.

Ms Bouabdillah explained that she sought damages of £1 million from Deutsche Bank because, during her time there, she was overlooked for promotion in favour of a man three times while her male colleagues were paid bonuses around 300 per cent higher than her.

She subsequently moved to Commerzbank but claims she was fired from her £150,000-a-year role there when managers read an article about her litigation against her former employer.

The professional said she was left feeling "distressed, demeaned and humiliated" after a meeting with bosses to discuss her future.

"It seemed to me they were just looking for an excuse to dismiss me," she added.

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Posted by Trusha Vyas