Helen Green, 36, who worked as a company secretary assistant, successfully sued Deutsche Bank Group Services (UK), for turning a blind eye to “schoolyard” bullying in the “department from hell”.
The High Court case is likely to reignite the debate about bullying in the macho culture of London’s Square Mile.
“In fighting my case I have become more aware of what a big problem bullying is for the City,” Ms Green said. “My case was not an isolated one. Not only does Deutsche Bank have to put its house in order, but all City businesses will have to do more than pay lip-service to this hidden menace.”
Ms Green, who worked in the firm’s secretariat division between October 1997 and October 2001, suffered a nervous breakdown after being targeted by four female colleagues who, she said, subjected her to “offensive, abusive, intimidating, denigrating, bullying, humiliating, patronising, infantile and insulting words and behaviour”.