A former trainee apprentice, branded a "snake" by Lord Sugar, has won a sex discrimination case after being told of her £ 170,000-a-year job by a boss who "showed her around like his secretary" had been released.
Jenny Celerier – known to fans as "Katie Hopkins 2" after her treacherous appearance on the fourth series of the hit BBC show – was fired from her job as executive sales after her manager said, "There is no liking for her" .
But now a tribunal has concluded that boss Tony Mills molested her and made her a victim. He mocked a plum deal she had signed with Rolls Royce as a "dog and pony show" and asked her to drive him from Coventry to Surrey and expel her from the "boys' club" – Environment that he presided over.
Jenny Celerier – known to fans as "Katie Hopkins 2" after her treacherous appearance on the fourth series of the hit BBC show – was fired from her job as executive sales after her manager said, "There is no favor for her."
Tony Mills (picture 2 right) discriminated against Ms. Celerier
Now the 49-year-old manager faces a potential payoff worth tens of thousands of pounds after deciding to fire her.
Ms. Celerier came to public attention when she appeared on the 2008 edition of the show, where her breakneck behavior moved contestants to tears.
Before being "fired" by Sir Alan in the seventh week, she lied repeatedly to fire others, tried to sabotage the opposing team during the duties, and refused to take responsibility for her actions.
At one point, the mother of one child mocked the other contestants, "During this competition, I basically had to breastfeed you."
Her duplicity led the tycoon to refer to her as the "snake," but after the show, Ms. Celerier built a career in sales.
Jenny Celerier's farewell shot on Lord Sugar after he was fired at The Apprentice
The saleswoman claimed Lord Sugar was so short he had to sit in a child's chair after he was booted on the hit BBC show in 2008.
The Amstrad boss branded her "a bit of a snake" and accused her of lying before she was fired during an episode on the fourth series of the program.
But the redhead hit the entrepreneur back by claiming she believed he'd climb into the child seat when faced with his would-be employees.
She said that Lord Sugar, who stands at 5ft 6ins, likes to appear taller than his staff when explaining these infamous words, "You are fired."
She added, "I noticed when he got into his chair he made a kind of little jump to get on it."
But she pulled back when asked if she thought he used a child seat and replied, "I say he could do it!"
She also complained that the reality show was unfair because Lord Sugar had his favorites and pushed for a winner to be picked.
"I think there was a big bias towards some people," she added.
The tribunal heard that in 2017 she was appointed account executive at Chargepoint Network UK – a US company that supplies charging stations for electric cars – because of her passion for potential customers who call cold.
According to the hearing, she was paid a base salary of £ 88,000, with the potential to double her salary through sales commissions.
During her time on the job, she secured two contracts with blue-chip customers known as "whales" – the NHS and Rolls Royce.
But despite being their top-performing sales manager, she was fired just two months after Mr. Mills was appointed her boss.
The Nottingham hearing was told that he was treating Ms. Celerier – the only female member of the sales team – "like his secretary" on the basis of "stereotypical assumptions".
In addition to giving her administrative duties, the sales manager, Mr. Mills, asked her to take him to a 120 mile meeting, an "unusual" request that she declined.
"He was traveling by train from the north-west of England to London," the panel noted. The applicant was living in Leicester at the time, so Coventry was out of her way to London and apologized.
"(We) accepted her claim that she felt she had to" run around "unnecessarily for Mr. Mills."
In March 2018, Ms. Celerier signed a contract with Rolls Royce to supply the famous automaker with charging stations. However, when a demonstration for the luxury automaker went wrong, Mr. Mills disparagingly referred to it as a "dog and pony show".
The Tribunal said: “He adopted this language with the intention of undermining your efforts. We believed that Mr. Mills' use of the term "dog and pony show" was intended to create a humiliating and hostile environment for them. "
And within days of the Rolls-Royce deal, Mr. Mills was complaining about her to other company executives, saying it was "awful" to manage and describing calls to her as "awful".
"She tells me that I do not support her, which, as you know, couldn't be further from the truth, *" he emailed a colleague. "To be honest, she might be the one doing the business, but it wears me out, there is no pleasure for her."
Later that month, Ms. Celerier was released after she was told she was not doing well enough. Mr. Mills explained the decision and told her that he felt that their working relationship was simply not "alive".
Alan Sugar, pictured as Mrs. Celerier & # 39; a snake & # 39; during the 2008 edition of the show
During the hearing, which found she had not been invited to a WhatsApp group created specifically for the rest of the all-male sales team, Mr Mills cited her appearance on The Apprentice as defending her dismissal.
The Tribunal's ruling stated: "Mr Mills' reasons for dismissing the applicant were general and stated that they were" attitude and perspective "and that" the way you performed your role was one. " The problem was "…
"… while citing the fact that the applicant was a candidate on The Apprentice TV program over 10 years ago as an example of what he saw as the applicant's personality traits."
Judge Marion Batten found the company guilty of sex discrimination, harassment and victimization, and concluded that Mr. Mills' behavior towards Ms. Celerier had a "cumulative" effect against her.
She said: "Mr. Mills had responded to stereotypical assumptions about (her) gender: the tribunal concluded that Mr. Mills treated the applicant like his secretary and directed her to perform a number of administrative duties that she removed from theirs Sales distracted. "
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