Banker dubbed ‘Crazy Miss Cokehead’ awarded £3.2m for sexual harassment.
Cambridge graduate Svetlana Lokhova in cash payout from London branch of Sberbank CIB after being driven to mental breakdown by bullying colleagues
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A banker nicknamed "Crazy Miss Cokehead" and "Miss Bonkers" by bullying male colleagues has been awarded £3.2 million for sexual harassment.
Cambridge graduate Svetlana Lokhova, 33, was a "resilient person" driven to a mental breakdown by workmates on the equity sales desk at the London branch of Russian bank Sberbank CIB, a tribunal ruled.
They accused her of being a cocaine addict, branded her "Miss Dodgy Septum", "chemically dependent" and told her she had only been hired "because of her t***".
Her ordeal continued when the false allegation that she was a drug user was put to her at an employment tribunal hearing.
A tribunal ruled last October that she suffered "disgraceful" gender-based harassment and victimisation before being unfairly sacked.
The panel at Central London Employment Tribunal has now awarded her £3.14m for lost earnings, £44,000 for hurt feelings and £15,000 in aggravated damages.
Announcing its award, it highlighted the "deliberate" attempt to bully her at the liability hearing, for which it awarded her the aggravated damages.
It ruled: "That allegation is completely without foundation and should never have been put to her in cross examination at the liability hearing.
"It was a deliberate, planned and unnecessary misuse of these proceedings, designed to put pressure on her and cause damage to her given that it was no doubt widely publicised."
Miss Lokhova, who earned more than £750,000-a-year in salary and bonuses as an equity saleswoman, was so "incensed and appalled" that she took a drug test during the hearing, which was negative.
The tribunal ruled that her main tormentor, former manager David Longmuir, sent emails and made remarks that were "offensive and derogatory, and often personal in nature".
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