Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[Pounds Sterling]1m Sexism Row Lawyer Accuses Merrill Lynch of 'Sabotage'; FORMER EMPLOYEE SAYS BANK TRIED TO RUIN HER CAREER

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[Pounds Sterling]1m Sexism Row Lawyer Accuses Merrill Lynch of 'Sabotage'; FORMER EMPLOYEE SAYS BANK TRIED TO RUIN HER CAREER

Article excerpt

Byline: VALENTINE LOW

A CITY solicitor who won [pounds sterling]1 million in a sexism case against Merrill Lynch today launched another action against the investment bank.

Elizabeth Weston, 30, accepted the original payout last year after agreeing to an out-of-court settlement over her claim that a colleague made "lewd" comments to her at a Christmas party.

Now she is claiming that the firm has sabotaged her subsequent career.

Australian-born Mrs Weston was due to tell a London employment tribunal that Merrill Lynch set out to destroy her future and forced her to abandon plans to do an MBA course at an American business school.

In last July's "sexism in the City" case Mrs Weston sued the bank for sex discrimination, victimisation and constructive dismissal.

She told a tribunal that colleague Nathaniel Norgren made "disgusting and lewd" comments to her after getting drunk at a Christmas lunch party in 2003.

Mrs Weston worked in the legal department of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, one of the world's largest investment management organisations with $500billion ([pounds sterling]275billion) of assets.

She was the youngest person in the legal department and one of only a handful of women.

She and her Australian husband were staying in Britain on a fiveyear-work permit organised by Merrill Lynch. Since the settlement Mrs Weston, who has a new job with another investment bank, tried to get a place at business school.

However, she claims that instead of recommending her for the course as promised, Merrill Lynch's head of law Nicholas Hall instead wrote a "vindictive" appraisal of her talents.

According to a source close to Merrill Lynch Mrs Weston, who earned [pounds sterling]60,000 a year, will allege that Mr Hall acted deliberately because the firm was angry she sued for sexual discrimination.

Today's case is likely to hear a series of new and damaging allegations about Merrill Lynch. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.