The German supervisor of a tranquilize organization told directors that any lady representative of child-bearing age ought to be sterilised, an modern tribunal heard yesterday

Rolf Hoefert, president of Colorcon, had a ‘ individual problem’ with pregnant staff, it was claimed

Gwen Bryne has taken Colorcon to the tribunal asserting sex discrimination

Mrs Bryne, 34, was sacked as the firm’s human assets executive in January 2001, two months some time recently giving birth She had grumbled that male executives were paid more

Mrs Bryne said she learned of Mr Hoefert’s sees on ladies representatives before long after joining the U S-owned firm’s Europe, Center East what’s more, Africa home office in Dartford, Kent, as human assets director in April 2000

Mr Hoefert had a ‘significant individual issue with pregnant women’, she said

Former Colorcon worker Caroline O’Connor told the tribunal how Mr Hoefert communicated his sees at a workshop for supervisors on maternity rights

‘Mr Hoefert expressed that any lady of child-bearing a long time ought to be cleaned some time recently business by Colorcon,’ she said

‘This remark was welcomed with quiet as I accept everybody was amazed that either it was an legitimate individual conviction of the president of the organization or, on the other hand that he considered it a safe joke to make such a comment ‘

She included she had felt that in the event that she needed to get ahead at the organization it was ‘best that I never get pregnant’

Mrs Bryne told the hearing that at the point when she was recruited, a specialist was inquired to find out in the event that she proposed to begin a family

She said she was stunned to be told: ‘It wouldn’t do you any hurt at all in the event that you brought the subject up what’s more, consoled him [Hoefert] that you’re not arranging on running off what’s more, having millions of babies ‘

Although she was not arranging a family, she moved toward becoming pregnant in June 2000, telling her manager in the September

She said: ‘It took a incredible bargain of boldness to exhort my supervisor since I was completely mindful of his sees on pregnant women ‘

She felt ‘physically sick’ earlier to uncovering her news

When she guaranteed Mr Hoefert she would not be taking more time off, he professedly replied: ‘But you said that some time recently – in the meet you said you weren’t arranging to have a baby ‘

Four months later, at the point when she was sacked, he utilized a ‘high handed, malicious, annoying what’s more, onerous manner’, she said

Her sacking came after she sent Mr Hoefert an e-mail grumbling about her salary

Mrs Bryne, of Tadworth, Surrey, said she had anticipated a pay rise in line with her advancement from human assets supervisor to director She had been granted a five per penny rise to £52,500 while the other four directors, all male, earned more than £60,000

The back chief had a 36 8 per penny rise, taking his pay to £65,000

Mrs Bryne said Mr Hoefert, who is twice-married with a grown-up child what’s more, is due to resign in June, had told her: ‘I have chosen I can no longer proceed your work since of the reminder you have written

‘I told you to overlook what other individuals were earning

‘You needed as well much as well soon It is a shame ‘

She consequently endured sleeplessness, palpitations, breathlessness, raised blood weight what’s more, weight loss, she said

Paul Nicholls, guide for Colorcon, which makes pill coatings, said Mrs Bryne’s obligations had not changed with her work title what’s more, her antecedent was paid impressively less

He addressed regardless of whether Mrs Bryne had been ‘ exaggerating the reaction’ of supervisors to Mr Hoefert’s sterilisation remark

The tribunal, at Ashford, Kent, continues

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