Sussex Police officer wins sex discrimination damages

Firearms officer Barbara Lynford, who won a sex discrimination case against Sussex Police, has been awarded £275,000 damages.

According to the BBC, the award is primarily intended to cover lost income and potential earnings, and Lynford could win a further £300,000 in compensation. Lynford won the sex discrimination case in 2007 when she told a tribunal about the sexist behaviour she had suffered as the only woman in a firearms team at Gatwick Airport. She claimed her boss had been openly sexist, that colleagues had left pictures of topless women lying around, and that officers refused to sit next to her.

Sussex Police HR director Marion Fanthorpe said: “In the four years since the tribunal was first submitted, we have addressed the areas that were found against us, and we are satisfied that our policies to drive mutual respect in the workplace are working well.”

The authority is to appeal against the compensation claim, according to its solicitor, Philip Baker.

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