A husband forced out of the firm he ran with his wife after their 19-year marriage fell apart has been awarded £100k after a judge ruled she racially harassed the Australian.
Only last year Duncan and Fiona Bendall posed proudly with the Duchess of York at the UK launch of their company The Female Social Network, which they set up in 2016.
But two months later staff packed Mr Bendall’s belongings and kicked him out of the family home, which was also the company’s London HQ.
The Central London Employment Tribunal heard his wife wanted a female pal to replace him at the company, once valued at £170 million.
In the lead-up to his exit from the company Mr Bendall, 47, received an email from his wife, 42, saying: “I hate Australian mentality and you have it [in] droves, just s**t.”
He said: “She kept treating Australia as an inferior race.”
He was fired for “gross misconduct” in August and the couple now plan to divorce.
Mr Bendall claimed unfair dismissal and race and sex discrimination.
Judge David Khan said: “I accept Mrs Bendall harassed you because of your race.”
However, he ruled Mr Bendall was not sacked because of his race or gender, while upholding the unfair dismissal claim.
He awarded him £102,954 including £2,000 for “injury to feelings” over the email.