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Lesbian solider gets £190,000 payout for sexual harassment

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A lesbian soldier who was sexually harassed by a male sergeant in North Yorkshire has been awarded nearly £190,000.
The Ministry of Defence has been ordered to pay Lance Bombardier Kerry Fletcher a total of £186,895.52 after she won her claims against it for sex discrimination, victimisation and sexual harassment at an employment tribunal in Leeds.

Her career with the Royal Artillery collapsed as a result of the unnamed sergeant’s actions while she worked at an Army stables.

The tribunal, in November last year, heard how the sergeant pestered openly gay Miss Fletcher for sex and sent her explicit text messages.

The soldier, who lives in Birmingham but is originally from Sheffield, said the sergeant and other male colleagues tried to destroy her career when she spurned his advances.

The 32-year-old, who said the harassment had left her dreams of an Army career in tatters, handed in her one-year notice in February and will leave next year after serving 12 years

“The claimant was subjected to a sustained campaign of victimisation over a lengthy period,” the tribunal judgment said.

“The victimisation extended to imposition of disciplinary sanctions, impinging the claimants mental stability and obstructing her transfer to a more suitable posting.”

The MoD was ordered to pay £30,000 in respect of “injury to feelings”, £20,000 for “aggravated damages” and £50,000 for “exemplary damages”.

A further £65,558 was ordered to be paid in respect of lost earning and pension entitlement.

The remainder of the total is made up of Miss Fletcher’s costs and interest payments.

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November 27, 2008 at 4:06 am

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Amy Winehouse back in hospital

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Amy Winehouse was admitted to a hospital over the weekend because of a bad reaction to medication, her spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The news comes a day after her husband Blake Fielder-Civil lost his appeal against a jail sentence for a vicious attack on a pub landlord and a subsequent attempt to cover it up.

Winehouse, 25, had “a bad reaction to the combination of medication she has currently been prescribed,” said a spokeswoman for the Grammy Award-winning artist, who was admitted to a private London clinic on Sunday.

“Amy is on a drug replacement programme and has had bad reactions to her medication before,” a friend told the Daily Mirror tabloid.

Winehouse, who is fighting drug and alcohol problems, has suffered a string of health scares since apparently being caught smoking crack cocaine in footage released by The Sun newspaper in January.

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November 25, 2008 at 11:44 am

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