‘I could teach you a lot about sex’: City analyst, 27, quit due to ‘intimidating’ boss, 50, who said he’d ‘be all over her if he was 20 years younger’ as firm toasted deal in Madrid club
- Executive Director Frederic Michel-Verdier, 50, is said to have leered at Nathalie Abildgaard, 27: ‘If I was 20 years younger, I would have been all over you’
- He later sent texts including one with his hotel room number and a smiley face
- The pair from Australian fund managers IFM were at an office party in Madrid
- Miss Abildgaard was said to have needed medical treatment for anxiety
- Michel-Verdier denies the allegations but has been reprimanded by the firm
A City analyst resigned after her boss told her that he ‘knew more about sex’ than she did before boasting: ‘I can teach you a lot of things,’ a tribunal was told.
Nathalie Abildgaard, 27, claims she was unfairly dismissed after batting off unwanted advances from 50-year-old Frederic Michel-Verdier, an executive director at IFM Investors.
The employment tribunal heard Miss Abildgaard, an associate, left the Australian fund management firm just a month after Mr Michel-Verdier told her: ‘If I was 20 years younger, I would have been all over you’ at a nightclub in Madrid.
He then stood ‘inappropriately and intimidatingly’ close to her and said: ‘You do not understand, I’m so much older than you. I know more about sex. I can teach you a lot of things.’
Nathalie Abildgaard, 27, arriving at court today. She says her former boss harassed her at a work party in Madrid
Mr Michel-Verdier is also said to have messaged her his hotel room number so ‘we could have some fun’ on the same night in March last year, which was organised to celebrate the closing of a deal.
Miss Abildgaard, originally from Denmark, was said to have sought medical treatment for stress and anxiety after the incident.
Employment Judge Graeme Hodgson laid out the claims of harassment, unfair dismissal and victimisation Miss Abildgaard was making against her former employer at Kingsway Employment Tribunal today.
In addition to the comments and text messages on the night at the club in Spain, Miss Abildgaard also alleges she was the victim of harassment when Mr Michel-Verdier tried to call her twice in the early hours of March 17.
On March 19, Miss Abildgaard said she was approached by her boss at work and he said to her: ‘Good night out Friday, I was so drunk I missed my flight out on Saturday.’
He is also said to have sent her a message on April 11 after her resignation saying: ‘Good luck for your new endeavour (now we can meet).’
Miss Abildgaard, pictured here arriving at court earlier this week, left the Australian fund management firm just a month after she claims Mr Michel-Verdier told her: ‘If I was 20 years younger, I would have been all over you’ at a nightclub in Madrid
The claim of unfair dismissal relates to ‘the first respondent failing to take reasonable steps to stop the second respondent carrying out the acts of harassment identified’.
It also relates to ‘the first respondent failing to respond to acts of alleged harassment by the second respondent’.
The hearing had to be briefly adjourned to discuss whether the claim of victimisation would proceed at this tribunal as it is currently the subject of a civil claim.
Executive director, 50-year-old Frederic Michel-Verdier, pictured arriving at court today, denies the accusations
Employment Judge Graeme Hodgson said the victimisation claim relates to IFM Investments making an ‘unjustified and aggressive threat to approach her new employer’. The hearing continues.
In a statement issued previously IFM Investments said: ‘IFM Investors takes allegations of workplace misconduct extremely seriously and recognises the impact any such incidents can have on employees involved.
‘This matter was investigated immediately upon IFM Investors being made aware of the complaint in April last year and management action was taken in accordance with our policies and procedures.’