A FEMALE banker sued her French bank employer for £4million after drunk colleagues left a witches hat on her desk.
Stacey Macken sued BNP Paribas after being belittled by her boss who kept telling her “not now, Stacey”, and being paid less than male counterparts.
Stacey Macken successfully sued her employer after claiming she was discriminated against[/caption]
The £120,000-a year-worker claimed that over four years she got hundreds of thousands of pounds less than her male peers in salary and bonuses.
She said after she complained about it managers targeted her in unfair treatment.
One of her bosses, Matt Pinnock, was part of a group who were seen drunk in the office before the hat was placed on her desk.
His former PA, Georgina Chapman, told a tribunal her boss and some others had been drinking before returning to the office.
She said: “They were visibly drunk and were racing around the nearly empty office being loud and boisterous.
“I arrived at work the next morning (around 8am) and there was a witch’s hat on Stacey’s desk, directly in front of her computer. Stacey arrived into work around 8.45am, which was when she saw the hat and asked me if I knew who had put it there.
“Stacey was visibly upset and confided in me that she felt really uncomfortable working with those male colleagues, knowing that one of them had purposefully gone out of their way to leave a witch’s hat on her desk.”
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Another boss, Denis Pihan, was accused of routinely demeaning her by replying “not now, Stacey” when she tried to talk to him.
The tribunal heard: “He did so often that the (her) colleagues made sarcastic comments about it.
“In a chat on 21 March 2016 in which Mr Pihan was being discussed one of (them) wrote ‘NOT NOW STACEY:-)’.”
The tribunal heard in her first four years her male peer was paid more than £167,000 in bonuses compared to her £33,000.
The bank claimed they had hired her as a “junior” and her male colleague deserved his higher salary because he was her senior.
However, on Tuesday the tribunal ruled in her favour relating to claims of unequal pay, sex discrimination and victimisation. Her claims of harassment were dismissed.
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The judgement said Miss Mackey, who is in her late 40s and from Fulham, west London, had been the victim of unfair treatment because she was a woman.
“Leaving a witch’s hat on a female employees desk, in a predominantly male working environment, was an inherently sexist act that potentially reflects on the nature of working environment for the Claimant and the approach that was taken to women,” the judgement reads.
The size of award Miss Mackey will receive has yet to be determined.
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