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Secretary wins £360,000 after manager’s ‘clumsy’ comment

A FTSE 100 defence business must pay a former secretary £360,000 after one of its managers made a ‘clumsy’ comment that pushed her into a period of mental ill-health and ended her employment, the Court of Appeal has said.

Marion Konczak worked for BAE Systems as a secretary from 1998 until she was dismissed in July 2007. She was part of a liaison team which worked with officers from the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and was based in Samlesbury, near Preston. Although she initially got on well with the RSAF officers, she became unhappy with changes to their staff and said she was bullied and harassed, including two incidences of sexual harassment.

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November 20, 2017

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