Multi-million pound payout for banker falsely dubbed “Crazy Miss Cokehead”

A banker at a London branch of Sberbank CIC was yesterday awarded £3.2 million in compensation following a sensational sexual harassment tribunal case.  Click Here to read our original blog article for full details.

Cambridge graduate Svetlana Lokhova who earned more than £750,000 a year in salary and bonuses as an equity saleswoman was driven to a mental breakdown following vicious bullying by male colleagues and accusations of cocaine use.

The tribunal rejected 19 of Ms Lokhova’s 22 complaints, however awarded her £3.14 million for lost earnings, £44,000 for injury to feeling and £15,000 in aggravated damages.

The tribunal ruled that the bank failed to discipline her main tormentor, former manager David Longmuir who remained with the bank for a year following Ms Lokhova’s resignation, eventually leaving with a $250,000 (approximately £168,000) pay-off.

Ms Lokhova has not worked since being driven out of Sberbank CIC. She commented that “My reputation has been shredded.  No-one should be subjected to the treatment and malicious slurs which were directed to me.  I can now get on with trying to rebuild my life.”

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