Ex-Merrill Boss Seeks E-Mails For Claim

Bloomberg reports that the former head of Merrill Lynch's private banking unit is seeking an order from the High Court in London forcing her former employer to release data and e-mails which mention her as she prepares for her sexual discrimination claim against the firm, due to be heard next year.

Stephanie Villalba spent 16 years at Merrill and ended her days running the firm's European private banking operation. She is currently pursuing a sexual discrimination claim against the firm, alleging that she was not paid as much as male colleagues undertaking similar senior roles.

As Bloomberg points out, Ms Villalba's action comes after new legislation came into force in the UK in April which enables an employee to seek information about their colleagues' salaries. Her case is due to be heard at an employment tribunal hearing in June next year and is scheduled to last 25 days.

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