Record-breaking tribunal case under way


The biggest ever sex discrimination claim heard by a British employment tribunal is being brought this week against Investment bank Merrill Lynch.

Stephanie Villalba, who was made redundant last year from her £1 million-a-year job as head of the firm’s European private client business, is seeking £7.8m in damages for gender discrimination, unfair dismissal and unequal pay.

She has also filed a separate case in the High Court to try and force Merrill Lynch to hand over e-mails, notes and other personal documents to help her win her claim.