Manager told employee to 'get used' to offensive 'jokes', tribunal hears

A female doctor has taken her former employer to tribunal, claiming her manager challenged her medical qualifications and asked if she was genuinely a doctor.

Lynudmyla Nod is suing Rowlands Pharmacy in Shrewsbury, West Midlands, where she worked for six months as a pharmacy assistant, for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination.

Nod, who moved to the UK from Ukraine a decade ago, claims she was bullied and harassed during her time at the pharmacy.

According to the Shropshire Star, she told the tribunal her manager “treated [her] in an unprofessional manner, challenged [her] qualifications and asked if [she] really was a doctor”.

Birmingham Employment Tribunal also heard that Nod felt she was bullied and harassed.

She alleged in her statement that a manager at the pharmacy did not like her, and accused the manager of making uncomplimentary remarks about her Ukrainian background.

“He claimed they were jokes that were part of the work scene and that I would have to get used to them,” she said. “They were hurtful and insulting and they made me cry.”

Nod added that the manager confronted her over being “sacked as a doctor in the Ukraine, which was not true”.

The tribunal also heard Nod’s claim that the same manager told another employee that “if you strike her with a hammer on the brain it would not improve her”.

Nod was eventually dismissed from her role because, the pharmacy claims, she was reluctant to answer calls or deal with customers because she could not understand what they were saying. Nod denies this allegation.

Rowlands Pharmacy said Nod was not suitable for the job and the dismissal decision was fair to all parties involved. The pharmacy also denies that the manager in question made the alleged remarks, and that she was racially discriminated against while employed by them.

Nod also told the tribunal that she had difficulty putting items away because of back problems following a car accident, and had produced a doctor’s note confirming her condition. Her ex-employer, however, said she was able to “stretch her arms” when dealing with customers’ prescriptions.

The tribunal is due to make a decision on the case at a later date.