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Female sales assistant, 52, wins payout after her male boss shouted she ‘must be in her menopause’ 

A female sales assistant who sued a raw pet food business for age and sex discrimination after her male boss shouted ‘at the top of his voice’ that she ‘must be in her menopause’ has won a £20,000 payout. 

Leigh Best, 52, was working at the upmarket Embark on Raw in Billericay, Essex, when owner David Fletcher made the ‘tactless’ and ‘derogatory’ comment.

She also raised concerns about the shop’s Covid safety procedures on multiple occasions at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, but was told she was being ‘paranoid’.

An employment tribunal heard the married Mrs Best complained about Mr Fletcher’s menopause comment, but was told to ‘stop moaning’ and was sacked a month later.

He made the remark after a customer in the shop mentioned having a ‘hot flush’, despite Mrs Best…


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