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Ex-Barclays banker raises claim over sexism, working hours to $4.6 million

A former Barclays banker has raised a claim for damages against the bank over sexism and a failure to adjust her working hours to about 4 million pounds ($4.6 million) from 560,000 pounds, a court document seen by Reuters on Tuesday showed. Anca Lacatus, an analyst in the rates options structured trading department from 2016 to 2020, won an employment lawsuit against the bank last year in which she argued her line manager used sexist language and that she had to work 40-48 hours per week on average while suffering from progressive endometriosis. Although she lost her claim for unfair dismissal or breach of contract in September 2021, her success in the sexist element of her claim – which centred on her line manager using the term “birds” to refer to female employees – was seen as a victory for women battling “banter” in London’s financial centre.

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