Former masseurs awarded payouts15th March 2011
Compensation payouts have been awarded to two women who were forced to give up their masseuse jobs at Heathrow Airport after developing repetitive strain injuries.
Jayne Evans, 40, of Ruislip, Middlesex, received £230,072 and Michelle Hindmarch, 32, of Banstead, Surrey, was awarded £69,458 in damages from Virgin Atlantic following a case at London’s High Court. The company accepted liability but disputed the amount of compensation due.
The former masseurs used to work at Heathrow’s Clubhouse Lounge giving treatments to air travellers. But the number of treatments they provided and how long they lasted resulted in both women developing pain in their wrists, shoulders and backs.
Mrs Evans was awarded a higher payout by Judge Martin McKenna because he said she achieved professional success in her chosen field but now had less congenial and well-paid clerical work in the airline’s cargo division.
Mrs Hindmarch’s payout was smaller because she quickly found better-paid work in a different field. The judge said she was “a woman of determination and fortitude who was making the best of her situation” and dismissed a suggestion that she was exaggerating her symptoms.
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