A partner at Hogan Lovells’ London office has been ordered to pay his children’s former nanny £18,000 after he fired her when she became pregnant.
Sylvain Dhennin heads Hogan Lovells’ European High Yield practice. He is described on the firm’s website as having a “humble and down to earth approach” to his work. Although possibly not to Saesi Muslipah, who worked as a nanny to his children for nine months until Dhennin unceremoniously fired her last September. Paying her just one week’s notice. Presumably Dhennin felt he couldn’t afford any more than this given that the average equity partner at Hogan Lovells only makes £968,000 a year.
Muslipah told a tribunal last week that four days before she was fired she had confided in Dhennin’s wife that she was pregnant. Dhennin said that the pregnancy was irrelevant, and that he had previously discussed with Muslipah that her position might become redundant when his children started to attend nursery. The tribunal told him where to go, finding that “at no time prior to 22 September 2017 was it ever suggested to the claimant that her role was redundant” and that “pregnancy was a material factor in that decision”. For good measure they added that Dhennin had used "deliberate, careful and sophisticated" language (well, he is a lawyer…) and also accused him of "obscuring the facts" (ah, not so good).
Dhennin was ordered to pay Muslipah £6,500 in damages and £11,866 in compensation and interest. Neither Dhennin nor Hogan Lovells would comment.