Insurance brokers boss in racist rant at staff member who wanted to move to a rival firm
Gallagher chief exec Simon Matson dubbed one employee a ‘complicated fat Arab’
Bosses at one of the world’s biggest insurance brokers made racist and abusive comments about staff who wanted to move to a rival firm.
The British arm of US insurance giant Arthur J Gallagher, a Premiership Rugby sponsor, sued UK-based insurance business Ardonagh for £10million of damages after several employees left a Gallagher firm for an Ardonagh company.
Gallagher UK chief executive Simon Matson dubbed one employee a ‘complicated fat Arab’ and called him a ‘c***’.
Gallagher yesterday lost the case and ordered it to pay £3.1million in costs.
The judge described Gallagher UK’s reaction to one employee’s exit as ‘akin to fanatical [football] supporters in the terraces’ who unleashed ‘almost a frenzy of abuse’.
John Tiner, chairman of Ardonagh, said the case had ‘tarnished the industry’s reputation through the revelations and racist language used by the claimants’.