Saleswomen win compensation

Three area sales managers for Gro-well Feeds Ltd, manufacturer of Equilibra feed balancer, have been awarded a combined total of more than £26,000 compensation after they won their sex discrimination and unfair dismissal claims at an Employment Tribunal.

All three women, Elizabeth Marsden, Jayne Lancashire and Kim Cox, worked for Gro-well Feeds for less than 12 months. They were dismissed, allegedly for poor performance, and then reinstated, before finally being made redundant in June 2002.

The women told the tribunal that a male colleague was not required to submit call reports as they were, was given a better company car than they were, was provided with a fuel card and was not made redundant, although his sales performance was no better than theirs.

Julie Mellor, chair of the EOC, says: “This decision highlights the importance of consistency in the way employers treat their staff.”

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