A woman truck driver has won £5,600 in a sex
discrimination case against her former employer.
The employment tribunal ruled that Yvonne McLeod was made
redundant after complaining about a male colleague’s refusal to work with her
because she was a woman.
McLeod began working as a driver for Drummond Distribution
in November 1998.
She claims that colleagues began making derogatory remarks
to her, with one driver suggesting she was keeping a “man out of the job”.
McLeod complained to two of the company’s directors but no
action was taken. She was made redundant in December 1999 after she returned to
work following a period of sick leave.
“This case demonstrates how important it is that employers
take complaints of discrimination very seriously and ensure that anyone who has
made a complaint is not victimised as a result,” said Julie Mellor, the EOC’s