Sacked for not bowing to boss, hears employment tribunal

Financial manager takes former employers to employment tribunal over the claims

A former financial manager of a company in the UK has taken her old firm to court over claims she was sacked from her position after refusing to bow to her boss.

Misook McDonald, aged 43, who worked for the Korean firm Dongbu Daewoo Electronics, based in the village of Winnersh, in Wokingham, Berkshire, claims she was demoted from her position at the firm after her “furious” director boss challenged her about not bowing to him in the morning and at the end of the working day.

Financial manager takes former employers to employment tribunal over the claims

Wharfedale Road, Winnersh Triange – where the electronics sales company are based © Copyright Colin Bates and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Mrs McDonald claims that the director made her make coffee instead and says that after confronting her boss, Ho Seung Yoo, he replied: “Isn’t that what female workers should do?” She is suing the firms UK headquarters for age, sex and racial discrimination.

Mrs McDonald informed the managing director of the company, Mr Chong Park, in August 2015 about her issues with Mr Yoo. She was eventually signed off work because of stress.

Mr Yoo and the firm have denied all claims made by Mrs McDonald. Mr Yoo said: “The suggestion raised by Mrs McDonald as to me demanding that she bow to me is simply not true.”

During the tribunal, it was heard that Mrs McDonald, who is from the village of Sonning, in Berkshire and has an English father and a South Korean mother, believes that her position at the firm was taken from her because she is not a British white male.

The tribunal continues.

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