TV Presenter Charlie Vernon Sacked For Raising Finger At Colleague Who Called Her A ‘Wh**e’ Through Her Earpiece
“I WAS shocked and extremely offended to be called a f****** big whore and a bitch on my earpiece,’’ says Charlie Vernon, 28, of the day she lost her job presenting the Jewellery Maker show on Gems TV satellite channel. She responded to the insult by raising her middle finger. A viewer complained, upset that their daily intake of bilge had been so rudely interrupted. Redditch -based Genuine Gemstone Company sacked her.
Gems TV is the UK’s longest established jewellery channel and can be seen in every home in the country. We broadcast live 24 hours a day on Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat.
Unhappy with her treatment, Vernon took the company to court, arguing that she’d been the victim of sexual harassment. She won £3,250 at the Birmingham Employment Tribunal. The justice-bringers rejected her claim for unfair dismissal. She adds:
‘‘There’s always the odd distraction joke among the camera crews during transmission, but it’s usually innocent and friendly. I’ve never been insulted before by such crude language. This was taken to a different level and I did my best to carry on with the show despite what was going on.”
Good for her. She did well to only raise a finger.
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