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£13.4m Switalski claim upheld; F&C to appeal
Too much money
Naturally I feel sorry for anyone who has been forced to leave their job unfairly, but surely £13.4m compensation would be too much?
I don't know how much Switalski earned at F&C, but unless it was significantly more than a £1m a year, awarding a sum of £13.4m will make winning a suit a more attractive prospect for her than her simply having carried on working - even if that had been in a scenario in which there was no discrimination, but in which it would nonetheless take 13 long years of hard work to make the same amount.
I am not commenting on whether Switalski's claims of discrimination are valid - I don't work at F&C and couldn't possibly know - and I believe that everyone who is unfairly discriminated against should be compensated.
The danger is simply that if we overdo the compensation, others will seek to bring claims without good cause as a cynical ploy to get rich quicker than they would do by just working hard.
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