A British woman has been ordered to pay her Australian husband $180,000 after she discriminated against him based on race.
An employment tribunal heard the woman considers Australians an “inferior race”.
British woman ordered to pay Australian husband
Duncan Bendall is a businessman who set up The Female Social Network with his British wife, Fiona, in 2016 while they lived in Sydney.
However, when the couple moved to London last year, their marriage broke down.
Ms Bendall sacked her husband in August for “gross misconduct”.
As a result, Mr Bendall filed a claim for unfair dismissal, claiming his wife discriminated against him on the basis of his race and sex.
Wife became ‘increasingly abusive and bullying’
Mr Bendall told the London Employment Tribunal his wife became “increasingly abusive and bullying” as their relationship broke down.
Additionally, Mr Bendall claimed his wife instructed the board to approve a change in share holdings from 50-50 to 51-49 in favour of her.
She told them the change would allow the company to market itself as “female-owned”.
Mr Bendall told the tribunal:
“Fiona told them (the board) that I would be compliant as long as the investment comes in.
“I believe the optics were not as good as introducing a male founder to prospective investors, especially one as a plain-talking Australian, compared to an English woman.”
Ms Bendall allegedly gave her husband 12-hours to object to the proposal.
He had been in Australia for Anzac Day at the time.
During the argument, she sent him an email which read:
“I hate Australian mentality and you have it droves just shit … And DO NOT say you are a founder in MY business MY efforts ever again You Leech – you don’t even believe in women or have ever struck your neck out.”
Kicked out of home
In August, Mr Bendall discovered his bags had been packed and had been kicked out of the London home he shared with his wife, which also doubled as the company’s office.
“Fiona had an almost exclusively female team — there was one male who worked as a sales intern — and they got into the habit of staying up late drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in the family home,” he told the tribunal.
“Many of the colleagues were smokers and used to stand outside the house smoking directly under the bedroom window of my and Fiona’s 15-year-old daughter.
“This used to distress me and I would ask them to stop.”
Mr Bendall said his wife cited one of these altercations as justification for his dismissal.
“She kept treating Australia as an inferior race, despite living there for 15 years,” he said.
Discriminated based on race
The employment tribunal found Mr Bendall had been discriminated against based on race, but not on sex.
As a result, it ordered Ms Bendall to pay him £100,000 ($180,500).
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