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Jigsaw sex discrimination case dismissed

An employment tribunal has dismissed a sex discrimination case against retailer Jigsaw and its chairman and founder John Robinson.

As reported by Drapers back in March, Kate Torpey – who held various roles at the business between 1996 and 2011 – alleged that she was overlooked for promotion after she had become pregnant, claiming that Robinson’s opinion of her had changed after she became a mother.  

She resigned from the company in December 2011, having already taken time off for stress, and subsequently submitted a claim for damages of more than £750,000 on the basis of constructive dismissal and sex discrimination.

But the tribunal has thrown the case out.

A spokesman for the company said:  “This judgment follows another recent high profile claim for constructive dismissal in which Apprentice winner Stella English brought a claim against Lord Alan Sugar.

“The judge found that her claim “should never have been brought”, with Lord Sugar tweeting “a victory for the law against the claim culture”. John Robinson doesn’t tweet but, were he to do so he would have made a similar comment.”

Jigsaw and Robinson were represented by Withers LLP and Richard Hignett of No 5 chambers.

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