A TV presenter has been awarded £3,250 in compensation after an Employment Tribunal ruled she was the victim of sexual harassment.
Charlie Vernon lost her job on the Gems TV satellite channel after a viewer complained about her giving the finger to a colleague live on air.
But the 28-year-old claimed she had been verbally abused through her earpiece.
She was sacked for bringing the Redditch-based TV firm Genuine Gemstone Company into disrepute.
Miss Vernon successfully sued the firm for sexual harassment but lost her claim for unfair dismissal and victimisation at Birmingham Employment Tribunal
The Birmingham Mail reported how Miss Vernon told the tribunal she had not realised her response had been seen by viewers.
Tribunal judge Miss Victoria Dean was shown a clip from the programme which showed Miss Vernon handling some bronze and copper jewellery.
The clip showed her laughing but then she became angry.
Paul Roberts, representing the company, said Miss Vernon’s gesture could have brought the firm’s reputation into disrepute.
The firm denied all allegations from Miss Vernon and said she worked as a freelance rather than an employee.
Miss Dean agreed Miss Vernon had been an employee and that she had been sexually harassed following a two-day hearing
She agreed the verbal abuse Miss Vernon received was unprofessional.
Miss Dean awarded Miss Vernon £3,250 but rejected her claim for unfair dismissal after declaring the TV firm had acted ‘within the range of reasonable responses’ by dismissing her for misconduct.