Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Broker loses claim for discrimination at work

A City broker who said her boss likened his job to running a brothel has lost her claim for discrimination.

Rosemarie Corscadden alleged she was bullied by Jerry Lees after rejecting his advances for sex.

Ms Corscadden (52), from Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, also claimed she was overlooked for promotion and bonuses after refusing to sleep with him.

The pair worked at Cheuvreux, a European equity broker in the Credit Agricole Group, where Mr Lees was head of a London-based sales team.

She told the London Central Employment Tribunal that Mr Lees began a campaign of harassment within six months of her joining as a sales executive on an £80,000 salary.

In its judgment, the tribunal dismissed Ms Corscadden's claims for sex discrimination, age discrimination and harassment.

Ms Corscadden, who joined the company in 2004, claimed Mr Lees told a trade journalist he sometimes felt as if he were running a brothel and a “team of prostitutes”.

He repeatedly propositioned her and said she had “fantastic tits” in front of a senior member of staff, she claimed.

Mr Lees, who denied the allegations, said he had known the broker since 1996 and that she had been friends with his ex-wife and current partner.

He said he had “friendly banter” with his colleagues but Ms Corscadden had never complained.

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