Tribunal backs buyer in bias case

17 March 2005
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17 March 2005 | Cara Whitehouse

A female purchaser is again poised to receive compensation of up to £500,000 for sex discrimination after a tribunal last week dismissed an appeal from her former employer.

Kim Hope, a CIPS member, sued waste management company Sita UK for sex discrimination, unequal pay and unfair dismissal after she was sacked as head of procurement in September 2003.

Speaking after last week's decision, her solicitor, Stefan Cross, told SM: "We are delighted and are now looking forward to the remedies [compensation] hearing."

The date of this hearing has not yet been set.

He said that £500,000 was a "ballpark" figure of what Hope could win, although he warned there would be more objections from Sita.

Hope had worked for Sita since 1998 but was replaced as head of procurement by a man with no procurement qualifications on three times her £35,000 salary.

An employment tribunal found in favour of Hope's claim in August, but Sita UK then appealed.

However, last week the tribunal rejected Sita's counter against the unequal pay ruling.

The tribunal said it found no mistakes were made in the original legal case.

In a written statement, Sita said: "The company has been given an extended period to appeal upon receipt of the EAT's [Employment Appeals Tribunal] written decision, and that course of action will be seriously considered in conjunction with our legal advisers."

Cross said that if the ruling had found in favour of the former employer, it could have dramatically reduced the compensation Hope is to receive.





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