For the avoidance of doubt, Stone Joseph represent Ms Sitz in her Employment Tribunal claim against Oppenheimer.

A female banker’s claims for unfair dismissal, sex and race discrimination and harassment in the Employment Tribunal came to a full hearing this week.

Ms Isabel Sitz, 42, made her claim to the Employment Tribunal after being made redundant in 2012 from her employer, Oppenheimer Europe – a redundancy she claims was motivated by race and sex discrimination.

Ms Sitz, the former Executive Director of US equity sales at the investment bank, claims that she was shoved aside by her new boss, Mr Max Lami, when he assumed his position and that all of the best business at the bank was reserved for the “boys”. After being made redundant in 2012 she instructed employment law solicitors and made the claims for constructive dismissal, race discrimination, sex discrimination and harassment to the Employment Tribunal.

The Employment Tribunal in central London heard evidence yesterday from Ms Sitz and several of her colleagues at the bank. Ms Sitz gave evidence to the Employment Tribunal that she had witnessed discriminatory conduct at the bank on a number of occasions, including Mr Lami instructing his assistant, Nadia, to prepare his lunch every day; Ms Sitz’s Irish account being transferred to a male colleague because he could bond more easily with the male colleagues; and one of her bosses calling the Irish “a bunch of lying, cheating, stealing time-wasters”. Ms Sitz also alleged that she was told that she was “not part of the British culture” and that “there were often sexist or racist comments thrown around”. Mr Lami, who gave evidence on behalf of the bank in the claim, alleged that “Ms Sitz was caught up in a fantasy of her own making”, while another executive director claimed that “she was not an easy person to deal with and someone who could not accept her own failing or bad luck”.

The Tribunal continues.


The Direct 2 Lawyers Employment Team post daily on interesting employment law cases, Employment Tribunal judgments and Employment Appeal Tribunal judgments. All of the Employment Team posts are written by qualified specialist employment lawyers

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