City secretary awarded £800k after "horrendous" abuse

08-08-2006

A City secretary who was the victim of persistent verbal abuse and bullying has been awarded more than £800,000 in damages from her former employer Deutsche Bank.

The high court in London ruled that Helen Green, from Tower Hamlets, suffered a "relentless campaign of mean and spiteful behaviour designed to cause her distress", and deemed that the financial firm should pay compensation for not preventing the abuse by workers.

Mr Justice Owen said any "reasonable employer", would have taken steps to stop the abuse "once it knew or ought to have known of such conduct".

Deutsche Bank has been ordered to pay £35,000 in mental anguish and suffering costs, £25,000 for harming Ms Green's overall career prospects, £128,000 for lost earnings and £640,000 for lost future earnings and a company pension. The bank will also have to pay the secretary's legal costs.

Ms Green described her working conditions between 1997 and 2001 as the "department from hell", citing continuing harassment by four female ex-colleagues, which at time resorted to 'schoolyard name-calling' that led her to cry quietly at her desk.

The secretary eventually permanently left her post in September 2003

After two successive promotions she denied ever talking down to Valerie Alexander, an insurance division manager, Daniella Dolbear, a telephone directory administrator, her personal assistant Fiona Gregg and another aide, Jenny Dixon.

Deutsche Bank had denied the charges, alluding to the 36-year-old's subsequent nervous breakdown and being placed in a secure hospital as being a result of Ms Green's fragile mental condition.

Speaking outside court today, Ms Green said she was "delighted" that the "malicious" abuse case had finally been settled.


Bookmark with:
Bookmark with: Digg Digg Bookmark with: Del.icio.us Delicious Bookmark with: Reddit Reddit Bookmark with: StumbleUpon StumbleUpon Bookmark with: Google Google Bookmark with: Technorati Technorati Bookmark with: Netvouz Netvouz

Latest News:

Search News
News Front Page
Accountancy / Tax
Advertising / PR
Armed Forces
Automotive
Aviation / Aerospace
Banking / Finance
Charities / Voluntary
Childcare / Youth
Construction / Property
Customer Services
Education / Training / Teaching
Emergency Services
Engineering / Electronics
Entertainment / TV / Theatre
Graduate Roles
Health / Beauty
Hotel / Catering / Restaurants
HR / Recruitment
Insurance / Pensions
International / Overseas
IT / Internet
Legal
Management / Business
Manufacturing / Industry
Media / New Media / Creative
Medical / Healthcare
Pharmaceutical Industry
Public Sector
Retail / Wholesale
Sales / Purchasing / Marketing
Science / Technology
Secretarial / PA / Admin
Skilled / Semi-skilled Manual
Telecommunications
Transport / Logistics
Travel / Tourism / Leisure