A Southampton, England tribunal has found Sting and his wife Trudie Styler guilty of "shameful conduct" when they fired former chef Jane Martin while she was pregnant.
Martin's GBP28,000 ($56,000) a year job with the Sting, real name Gordon Sumner, and Styler was terminated in April 2006 after eight years of service.
A tribunal has ruled the couple had unfairly dismissed Martin and that she had been the victim of sexual discrimination.
The tribunal heard in March (07) how Styler created an "climate of fear" over her staff.
Martin claimed she was forced to work 14 hour days while pregnant and Styler was not sympathetic when she experienced sickness early in her pregnancy.
Styler was alleged to have raged, "Who the f**k does she think she is? She's my chef in the UK. She needs to be available if I need her, or she should rethink her position," when Martin fell ill with stomach trouble.
The tribunal ruling said, "(Martin's departure) was so badly mishandled and conducted in such an incompetent manner that the true purpose shines through the subterfuge and calumnious actions seeking to suppress the true facts.
"Although Mrs Sumner (Styler) tried to distance herself from the various unlawful acts and have them carried out by minions on her behalf, when the evidence is looked at holistically, her involvement is clear.
"She is without doubt the driving force manipulating others to perform her 'dirty work'. The position is aggravated by her lack of courage either to face the claimant direct and inform her she was no longer required or attend the tribunal to give evidence and have her machinations exposed to the light of day through cross-examination."
The singer and his producer/actress wife must pay compensation to Martin. The amount will be determined at a hearing next month (08Jun07).
Styler has released a statement, saying, "I am devastated by this decision and I will appeal... I wholly reject the tribunal's findings on this issue. Sting and I have been lucky over many years to have worked with loyal and long serving colleagues and staff.
"Their collective loyalty and long service suggests that the picture of our household which Jane painted, and which the tribunal appears to have accepted, is a travesty."
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