Unfairly dismissed underwriter who suffered sexual discrimination seeking US$6.3 million

Unfairly dismissed underwriter who suffered sexual discrimination seeking US$6.3 million

As ruled by the Central London Employment Tribunal, Sommer’s claims of direct sex discrimination, maternity-related discrimination, and sex-related harassment each succeeded in part, while claims of equal pay and victimization failed and were dismissed.

It was concluded that the claimant was unfairly dismissed, as the company – which cited redundancy as the reason for dismissal – failed to prove that Sommer’s position was redundant. According to the 72-page judgment at the time, there was no evidence of a reduction in the work for underwriters or a reorganization which lessened the need for a junior underwriter.

It was also found that there was continuing discrimination on the part of Llewelyn – whose dealings with Sommer included less favourable treatment, verbal attack, as well as remarks such as “If I had breasts like yours, I would be demanding too” – based on Sommer’s sex.

Compensation claim

Now, according to Reuters, the two camps are back in the Central London Employment Tribunal to determine the remedy to which the claimant is entitled.

It was reported that Sommer is claiming US$6.3 million in compensation. It was also revealed that she has no intention of returning to the insurance industry; instead, Sommer plans to take up theology and become a Baptist pastor.

“People know I brought a claim against Swiss Re and have been out of work because of depression and anxiety – and all of these things matter (in job interviews),” Sommer was quoted as saying. “I consider myself a strong person… But I can’t persevere anymore… This is where my losses come from. I can’t go in there and do that anymore.”

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It’s unclear how long it will take the court to decide on Sommer’s claim for compensation.

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