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Lokhova v Sberbank CIB (UK)

The Employment Tribunal's decision on remedy in the sex discrimination case of Lokhova v Sberbank has been announced, with the approximate value, based on the in principle decision of the Tribunal, is £3.2 million.

Svetlana Lokhova worked for the Russian bank Sberbank CIB was awarded the compensation for sex discrimination, victimisation and harassment which led to psychiatric illness and her never being able to work in the financial services industry again.

Miss Lokhova earned over £750,000 per annum and worked in a predominantly male team. Within the working environment to both colleagues and clients she was nicknamed “Crazy Miss

Cokehead”, "Miss Dodgy Septum", accusations were made of her being "chemically dependent" and told her she had only been hired "because of her t***".

 

The compensation award comprises of £3.14 for lost earnings, £44,000 for injury to feelings and £15,000 for aggravated damages. The huge amount of the award reflects the treatment at the hands of her male colleagues, which led to a serious mental breakdown and her never being able to work in financial services again. The reported award of £44,000 for injury to feeling exceeds the normal maximum award and awards in excess of this are only made in the most serious of cases.

The award of £15,000 for aggravated damages is unusual and can be made in discrimination cases where the employer’s behaviour has aggravated the claimant's injury, for example by acting in an insulting or oppressive manner.
Importantly this can include conduct during the course of defending a discrimination claim, and not just conduct during the employment relationship.

Miss Lokhova was so distressed by the accusation of being a drug addict that she took a drug test to prove it untrue. The employer argued that this accusation was completely without foundation and should never have been put to her during cross-examination. However the tribunal felt it was a deliberate misappropriation of the proceedings intended to pressurise her and damage her reputation due to the public nature of the claim.

Last modified on Friday, 17 April 2015 21:24
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