Tribunal News – Constructive Dismissal

Banker Svetlana Lokhova wins £3.1 million pay out over colleagues’ drug lies and bullying after “crazy Ms Cokehead” nickname

A female banker in the London office of a Russian bank has been awarded £3.1 million after being driven to mental collapse by a campaign of harassment and unfounded drug slurs, reports the Evening Standard.

The employment tribunal found last year that banker Svetlana Lokhova had been the victim of harassment and victimisation. She was also found to have been constructively dismissed.

She was referred to by colleagues as “Ms Bonkers” and falsely accused of being an addict.

The majority of the employment tribunal award will come from loss of earnings. She was awarded aggravated damages because of the seriousness of her treatment and has vowed never to return to financial services.

Spectra Says – Implement a robust policy and train your staff on bullying and harassment in the workplace.

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