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Banker wins sex bias case after ‘witch’ stunt by men

Unequal: Stacey Macken said she was paid less than a man who had the same role

A CITY banker who had a witch’s hat left on her desk — in a suspected prank by drunken male colleagues — has won her claim for sex discrimination, victimisation and unequal pay.

Stacey Macken, who wants £4million from French bank BNP Paribas, said one boss, Denis Pihan, belittled her by saying ‘not now, Stacey’ so often that other colleagues copied the phrase.

The £120,000-a-year worker also claimed that, over four years, she was paid hundreds of thousands less than male colleagues and was further targeted after she complained.

Ms Macken, previously a vice president at Deutsche Bank, told a London employment tribunal she was hired by BNP Paribas in 2013.

She said she later found a man taken on with the same job title and role earned £160,000 and was paid £167,000 in bonuses over four years compared to her £33,000. The hat was left on her desk soon after she joined.

The PA of Matthew Pinnock, another of her bosses, said it appeared after a number of male colleagues came back from the pub and were messing about.

She said Ms Macken found it the next morning and was ‘visibly upset’.

The bank claimed Ms Macken, of Fulham, was hired as a ‘junior’ and her male colleague deserved more money because he was her senior. The payout she will receive is yet to be fixed.