Tribunal refuses to review decision on Switalski £19m sex discrimination claim

An employment tribunal which found a London lawyer had suffered sex discrimination and harassment has refused to reconsider its decision.

Gill Switalksi, former legal head of F&C Asset Management, has had her £19m claim against her former employers upheld after the tribunal rejected an application to review its original decision.

Earlier this year, the tribunal ruled that sex discrimination, harassment and victimisation at work had left Switalski unfit to fulfil her role at F&C. In May, the company failed in a bid to have the ruling overturned.

Her solicitor Howard Hymanson said in a statement: “My client has been subjected to a hostile publicity campaign during these protracted proceedings, as well as being subjected to surveillance and unnecessary scrutiny by private investigators.

“Our client has, throughout this process, refused to provide any public comment, and instead has put her faith in the employment tribunal system. Hopefully a favourable resolution is now in sight, and she intends to make no further comment until the conclusion of the case.”

A spokesperson for F&C countered: “While we are disappointed that the employment tribunal decided not to review its earlier decision, we are very heartened that they have specifically noted that the issues we have raised about Ms Switalski’s credibility are relevant to any future claim for remedy by her.”

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