A former executive at Jigsaw and Kew is suing the upmarket clothing group for discrimination, claiming she was barred from becoming CFO position due to her pregnancy.
An employment tribunal in Croydon this week heard claims of sex discrimination, unfair dismissal, and discrimination on the grounds of maternity and part-time working brought by Kate Torpey against Robinson Webster Holdings, which also employed the Duchess of Cambridge as an accessories buyer in 2006.
Torpey began working with the company as a financial control assistant in 1996, became director of Jigsaw in 2003 and managing director of Kew in 2004.
She left to have her first child in 2009, but told the court that attitudes at work made her apprehensive about taking maternity leave...
The employment tribunal continues, with more hearing dates scheduled for April.