Banker who won equal pay fight has been awarded over £2m in compensation

Stacey Macken, 50, has won a £2,081,449.70 payout from her bank after winning her unequal pay claim against her male counterparts

Stacey Macken sued the bank where she worked, BNP Paribas

A banker who won her fight for equal pay has received more than £2million in compensation.

Stacey Macken, 50, has sued the bank she worked at, BNP Paribas, after claiming she was paid hundreds of thousands of pounds less than her male colleagues.

After taking them to court, she not only won her payment of £2,081,449.70, but the bank was ordered to undertake an equal pay audit by the end of June.

The audit aimed to ensure that all staff were paid the same, regardless of gender.

The court ruled that Macken, of Fulham, west London, had suffered gender discrimination and victimization and ordered that she be paid the same as her male comparators.

Since 2013 she had been employed on a salary of £120,000 a year, while a junior man received £160,000 – and a double bonus after six months.

She claimed that after filing her first complaints in 2014, she was victimized.

The following year she was offered an additional £5,000 in what she called a “sham pay rise”.

On top of that, she said her male colleagues had been given a pay rise more than triple her own, disguised as special allowances of £17,000.

Macken sought £3,363,594 in damages while the court dismissed his other protected disclosure claims of harm and harassment.

She received just over £2million in total.

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Macken claimed she suffered years of abuse and was belittled by her bosses.

Her elders told her ‘not now Stacey’ so often that other colleagues joined in, the court was told.

The court was also told that the jobs were divided into undesirable jobs, called ‘pinks’, which appeared to be given to him, and good ‘blue’ jobs, which men got.

She claimed one of her bosses subjected her to crude stories, including one about a friend who engaged in sex role-playing with his wife that involved fantasies about sex workers.

The same senior banker was also answering the phone to friends saying “hey sexy” or “hey f*** face”, it was alleged.

Macken said that on one occasion they left a Halloween-style black witch hat on her desk after a drinking session.

Georgina Chapman, a former personal assistant to one of Ms Macken’s bosses, told the court: ‘I suspected it was one of the drunk crew members as they were the only people in that area of ​​the office the night before, which, combined with their drunkenness, made them more likely to have done so.

“Stacey was visibly upset and told me she felt really uncomfortable working with these male colleagues, knowing that one of them had deliberately gone out of her way to leave a witch hat on her office.

In her statement, Ms Macken said: “Management has confused leadership with bullying and made me feel degraded and demoralized.

Even after winning her lawsuit, Macken said the bank still hasn’t paid her the same.

In her statement, she added: “I have never asked the respondent to match my salary from the £177,000 that comparator one enjoys, but the respondent refuses to do so.

“It is particularly distressing that even after the judgment of the court, the respondent continues to focus his efforts on finding underhanded ways to conceal his tendency to favor men and avoid his legal obligations.”

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