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Consultant is awarded £4.5m for race and sex discrimination

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d8265 (Published 20 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8265
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A consultant physician who was subjected to a concerted exercise to get rid of her by managers and senior clinicians at the NHS trust that employed her has been awarded a record compensation payout for discrimination of nearly £4.5m (€5.4m; $7m).

An employment tribunal awarded Eva Michalak, who qualified in Poland, the record sum for sex and race discrimination that wrecked her career and left her with enduring psychiatric injuries and unable to work again.

The award follows findings by the Leeds Employment Tribunal last year that Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and three named employees of the trust were guilty of sex and race discrimination for their parts in her suspension and dismissal on the basis of complaints that were later shown to be without justification.

Dr Michalak, now 53, started work at the end …

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