A BNP Paribas executive who described herself as an “outspoken woman” is suing the bank’s London branch, saying she faced discrimination because of her gender and a health condition.
Bloomberg News reports that Angelina Georgievska, head of the bank’s corporate derivatives group for central and eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, said in her witness statement at the start of a nine-day hearing on Monday that a “culture of presenteeism” had put her at a disadvantage.
She also believes she was “treated less favorably because I was not quiet – I was an outspoken woman,” who’d complained about pay.
A spokeswoman for BNP said the bank has “thoroughly investigated” Georgievska’s allegations and “is satisfied that the claims of alleged discrimination and unfair treatment are unfounded.” Georgievska’s lawyers declined to comment while she’s testifying.
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