Eva Carneiro ‘rejected £1.2m Chelsea settlement’

Former Chelsea first team doctor Eva Carneiro rejected a £1.2m settlement from the club, documents submitted to her employment tribunal show.

She is claiming constructive dismissal and is also bringing separate legal action against Jose Mourinho.

The former manager called her “daughter of a whore” in Portuguese when she treated a player, the tribunal heard.

Lawyers for Chelsea revealed that she chose to take the case to a hearing rather than accept the payout.

Dr Carneiro, 42, alleges the comment was made by Mr Mourinho, who left Chelsea in December, when she ran on to the pitch at Stamford Bridge during a Premier League match against Swansea in August to treat injured forward Eden Hazard.

She is claiming sex discrimination and harassment against the club’s former manager following the incident and constructive dismissal against Chelsea.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks on as team doctor Eva Carneiro rushes to treat Eden Hazard during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge

“This is a tale of two employees, one good (Dr Carneiro) and one bad (Mr Mourinho),” said Mary O’Rourke QC, appearing for the claimant

“The bad employee forces the good employee out of the job of her dreams and the employer does nothing to stop it.

“The bad employee berates, sexually harassed and demoted the good employee for carrying out her professional duties, namely her health and safety duties as the first team doctor, pitch-side.

“Rather than investigating and disciplining the bad employee, the employer allows the bad employee to confirm demotion… and to continue with his job.”

Jose Mourinho

Documents submitted by Dr Carneiro’s legal team allege Mr Mourinho – now manager of Manchester United – suggested she should work with Chelsea Ladies following the Swansea game.

They allege that on 10 August Mr Mourinho told Steve Atkins, head of communications and PR at Chelsea, that he did not want the first team doctor on the bench at the next match, saying: “She works in academy team or ladys (sic) team not with me”.

They also claim Chelsea took no action following complaints about sexually explicit chanting at various away games – in particular at Manchester United and West Ham – and a lack of female changing facilities.

Dr Carneiro claims she was not provided with a club suit, and regularly had to endure sexually explicit comments from her colleagues.

She also alleges she was called a “filha da puta” – Portuguese for “daughter of a whore” – during the Swansea game by Mr Mourinho and that she was verbally abused after the match when the team returned to their dressing room.

“As she ran on to the pitch she heard clearly from behind her the words filha da puta,” said Mary O’Rourke QC, for the claimant.

“She’s a Portuguese speaker. It was not filho da puta, it was filha da puta… you say filha da puta when you are denigrating a woman. He is saying it to the back of the claimant who is doing something he didn’t like… that is the context.”

However, Daniel Stilitz QC, for Chelsea, said Mr Mourinho’s evidence was that he shouted ‘filho da puta’.

“Filho da puta is a phrase he often uses,” Mr Stilitz said, adding that it meant son of a bitch. “There is no sexist connotation.”

He said that Mr Mourinho used the phrase frequently at the training ground and during matches.

Eva Carneiro leaving the employment tribunal

The FA ruled on 30 September 2015 that “the words used do not constitute discriminatory language” after consulting an independent academic expert in Portuguese linguistics.

Dr Carneiro was “preoccupied with developing her profile” and associating herself with the first team in a way discouraged by the club for backroom employees, Chelsea’s legal team added.

This involved signing autographs and having photographs taken with members of the public, nominating a high-profile first-team player when she uploaded a video to YouTube as part of the “Ice Bucket Challenge”, and seeking to position herself behind Mr Mourinho during televised matches.

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