Female soldier awarded £6,983 for harassment

A female soldier who suffered harassment by colleagues has won £6,983 in damages.

Donna Rayment, 41, alleged that three senior officers wanted to drive her out of the Honourable Artillery Company, until she was dismissed in June 2005 while on sick leave for stress, the Independent has reported.

Rayment, a lance sergeant, claimed she developed adjustment disorder and depression because of her treatment, and sought damages for her lost employment.

She had been offered nearly nine times the amount she was awarded to settle the case by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), and immediately said that she would give the whole award to charity.

Wendy Outhwaite QC, for the MoD, denied negligence and harassment. After the ruling, she told the judge that Rayment had turned down a pre-trial offer of £60,000 damages and £125,000 costs to settle the case.

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