City analyst wins right to appeal discrimination case

A
City analyst who claimed she suffered sexual discrimination at the hands of her
former employers has won an appeal to have the case heard by an employment
tribunal.

Louise
Barton, a media analyst at Investec Henderson Crosthwaite Securities, claimed
she was paid only half the £2m given to a male colleague for the same work –
even though he was her junior.

But
after an earlier hearing where her case was rejected, an appeal was lodged with
the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

Her
spokeswoman said: "The appeals tribunal has ruled in Louise’s favour and
the case will go back to the employment tribunal for a new hearing."

The
Equal Opportunities Commission said it would give moral and financial support
to the City worker, who has incurred at least £120,000 in legal fees.

Julie
Mellor, chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission, which has supported Barton
said there was a culture of secrecy shrouding City pay.

"Women
won’t get equal pay until the culture of secrecy that surrounds pay is laid to
rest," she said.

By Ben Willmott

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