FEMALE teacher who lost out on a job to a male teacher because of his “strong handshake” sued the school for sexual discrimination.
Vanaja Greenwood was passed over for a job as a Math teacher at Pinewood School in Bourton, near Oxford, in favour of male teacher Neil Crossley.
Assessing their interviews for the position, headteacher Philip Hoyland noted that Mrs Greenwood was “gentle”, whereas Mr Crossley had a “firm and strong handshake” which “inspired confidence”.
Mrs Greenwood won a sex discrimination claim against the school following an employment tribunal in Bristol. She claimed she was overlooked because she was a woman, even though she has a degree in mathematics while Mr Crossley does not.
The employment tribunal felt that Mr Hoyland’s continued use of the word ‘schoolmaster’ during the interviews left them in no doubt that he had always been intending to hire a male teacher.
Mrs Greenwood said she felt “belittled” when she was told the role had been given to a more “complete schoolmaster”.
A remedy hearing will be held at a later date, at which any compensation owed to Mrs Greenwood will be decided.
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