A lesbian soldier who is claiming nearly half a million pounds in compensation from the Ministry of Defence has returned to an Employment Tribunal to fight for compensation.
Fletcher is claiming £25,000 for injury to feelings as well as £381,000 for loss of earnings after an earlier Tribunal in 2007 ruled she had been the victim of ‘direct sex discrimination and harassment’. in a campaign of sexual harassment by a male sergeant.
Lance Bombardier Kerry Fletcher told the tribunal she was contacted for sex by an unnamed sergeant, who she claimed was a known womaniser.
She told yesterday’s hearing: “I was having a hard time and felt I was losing my career. I didn’t want to leave the Army. It was my job and what I was trained to do.”
“I had worked all those years and felt no one was helping me and I would have to leave without my pension.”
The Ministry of Defence has denied any wrongdoing.