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Trader called ‘fat wuss’ by bullying boss wins tribunal

Office bust-up: Sebastian France (left) and boss Danny Fenn PICTURES: FACEBOOK/JUSTGIVING

A CITY trader who came to blows with his bullying boss after being subjected to torrents of foul-mouthed abuse has won an unfair dismissal claim.

Sebastian France ended up brawling in the office with his ‘aggressive’ manager Danny Fenn when he decided to record the abuse he was getting.

Mr Fenn was recorded telling Mr France, who earned up to £480,000 a year, that he was a ‘f***ing wuss’ and a ‘fat lump’. He also wrote ‘butters’ — slang for ugly — on Mr France’s wage slip and ‘posh t***’ on his bonus letter.

When it was suggested by a team member at Spectron Services that Mr France might ‘record stuff’ or ‘be slippery somehow’ Mr Fenn replied, ‘I’ll chin the c***’.

Following the bust-up, which left Mr France, 46, with a bruised chin, Mr Fenn slashed his bonus from £50,000 to nil, a Central London employment tribunal was told.

After internal mediation, Mr France was offered another job in the company and restoration of £10,000 of his bonus, after which he quit and started proceedings. He ended up in The Priory suffering from depression after what he claims were years of abuse by Mr Fenn.

The trader started work on Spectron’s fuel oil desk in May 2011. Mr Fenn, head of the desk, began bullying Mr France from around 2012, the tribunal heard. Mr France began recording abusive incidents in 2015 and resigned in August 2016.

Spectron admitted he was unfairly dismissed because of Mr Fenn’s ‘verbal insults and abuse’.

The tribunal said: ‘They worked long hours, 11 to 12 hours a day, in a competitive environment. Shouting and swearing were not uncommon. Mr Fenn had an aggressive management style, was volatile and prone to lose his temper.’