Ex-Sberbank employee awarded $4.8 million in harassment suit - report
MOSCOW, April 8 (RAPSI) - The Central London Employment Tribunal ruled to award Svetlana Lokhova, a former employee of the investment banking unit of Russia's Sberbank, £3.2 million ($4.8 million) in damages for being harassed and driven to a breakdown by colleagues, The Daily Mail newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Lokhova, a former equity salesperson, filed a lawsuit against Sberbank over sex discrimination in 2013. She alleged that her manager had criticized her, using offensive and derogatory remarks. Workmates incorrectly accused her of being a cocaine user, called her ‘Miss Bonkers’, and said she was hired by the bank only because of her looks, according to the newspaper. Lokhova had to go on vacation in 2012 because of heavy stress and never returned to the work.
While giving evidence last year, Lokhova said that her reputation and career were destroyed by her colleagues and she could never get another job in financial services, The Daily Mail reported.
Judges at the tribunal considered that Lokhova had suffered ‘disgraceful’ harassment and victimization. She was awarded £3.14million ($4.7 million) for lost earnings, £44,000 (about $65,500) for hurt feelings and £15,000 (about $22,350) in aggravated damages.