Two women journalists win sex discrimination cases against BSkyB

BSkyB to pay £200,000 to the journalists after tribunal ruling

Two Sky Movies journalists - Natalie Stone and Victoria Waterson - won unfair dismissal and sex discrimination cases against the satellite broadcaster BSkyB.

BSkyB has to pay £200,000 to the two journalists after the tribunal ruled that they were discriminated by the broadcaster.

The tribunal concluded that the pair, who were overlooked for a new position of video producer, subsequently lost their jobs because they were mothers of young children.

It found that Mike Taylor, head of networked media at Sky Movies, had a "mindset adverse to pregnancy and maternity leave" and so offered the video producer post to his personal assistant Dee Lakhan.

Stone, a mother of two, and Waterson, a mother of one, launched a sex discrimination case against BSkyB saying they were removed from their jobs to save on maternity pay ahead of the channel's restructuring.

London South Employment Tribunal, which found that the new post was "their job under a different name", criticised BSkyB for its lack of transparency in the awarding of jobs.

It also said that Stone and Waterson were the only two part-time workers in the department and Sky cannot remove them before their contract period ended.