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Hamptons International fights sexism charge in court

Merylin Bartley, 37, is suing the firm for £120,000 for constructive dismissal and sexual discrimination.

The £40,000-a-year senior sales negotiator alleges that the male-dominated Hamptons office ostracised her when she returned to work after maternity leave.

When Bartley originally told her boss Paul Sennet she was pregnant she was told that he had already guessed because, quote: “your tits are enormous”.

When Bartley returned to work she found that her former junior had been made her manager and was forced to work at a receptionist&#39s desk.

She told the London court that she came up against opposition to medical appointments and was made to feel her boss was granting her a big favour by allowing her maternity leave.

She says: “The lead-up to my confinement was stressful enough and was exacerbated by Paul Sennet&#39s and Hamptons&#39 ignorance of my rights.”

Hamptons International denies all the charges. The trial continues.

Although the mortgage side of Hamptons has nothing to do with the case, Kevin Duffy, managing director at Hamptons International Mortgages, says: “This scenario is now a regular feature of working life in the UK. It brings home the importance of whiter than white personnel management.”

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