The casino cashier gave away £74,000 after ‘insensitive’ colleagues didn’t buy her a drink

Rita Leher, 51, said she felt “shunned” by her colleagues at Aspers Casino in London’s Stratford Westfield Center as she was the only one not invited to drinks

Rita Leher had 22 years of experience in her industry when she started working at East London Casino in November 2011
Rita Leher had 22 years of experience in her industry when she started working at East London Casino in November 2011

A cashier has been awarded £74,000 after an employment tribunal for not being invited out to drink by her colleagues.

Rita Leher, 51, said she felt “shunned” by her colleagues at Aspers Casino at the Stratford Westfield Center in London when she was the only one not invited to a drink at Las Iguanas.

Her colleagues “insensitively” organized the drinks in front of her, in what one judge called “victimization.”

Labor judge Sarah Moor said in her ruling that expelling an employee is a “disadvantage at work” as they “lose the opportunity to bond with colleagues”.

Ms Leher, who is of mixed black African heritage, also won lawsuits alleging wrongful dismissal, racial and age discrimination.







Ms. Leher was the casino’s longest-serving cashier at the time of her resignation
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Ms. Leher had 22 years experience in her industry when she started working at East London Casino in November 2011.

She was originally paid £23,500 a year, which was more than any cashier given her experience.

At the time of her retirement, she was the casino’s longest-serving cashier.

The tribunal heard she saw “numerous” colleagues in a similar position promoted, all of whom were younger and not black or of mixed race.

It was also heard at the hearing how Ms. Leher was repeatedly rejected or ignored after applications for higher positions.

In August 2018, Ms. Leher was fired due to stress.

In November, she began a phased return to work that was “shunned” and “ignored” by colleagues at the same desk as her.

Her colleagues talked about going to a Latin American restaurant, but she wasn’t invited, the court heard.

A court report said: “She was the only one in the room who wasn’t locked in.

“We can all agree that going over the arrangements in front of her when she wasn’t invited was at least insensitive.

“We all come to the conclusion that this exclusion was because she had complained about discrimination.

“While working relationships were relatively amicable, the team did not want to make contact with anyone who had complained of discrimination.

“It was a way of making their displeasure with the complaint felt.”

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