London forex trader accuses Citigroup of unfair dismissal – Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – A former top rated Citigroup (C.N) trader, who was fired in 2014 but acquitted of international trade-rigging prices following a trial in New York, advised a London employment tribunal he was unfairly dismissed in spite of becoming in the “eye of the storm” at the time.

FILE Picture – Rohan Ramchandani, former London-based trader for Citigroup Inc, exits the U.S. Federal Court docket in Manhattan next a hearing for conspiring to rig selling prices in the international trade sector in New York Metropolis, U.S., July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Rohan Ramchandani, who headed European location forex investing, has by now filed a $112 million-in addition situation in opposition to Citigroup in New York, alleging the bank framed him by making bogus and malicious statements to U.S. prosecutors following sacking him.

Citigroup, which has paid much more than $2 billion in fines and civil settlements to date more than forex allegations, states it will vigorously contest Ramchandani’s promises.

“Individual accountability continues to be important to Citi, and for that purpose we are disputing Ramchandani’s ask for for compensation, reinstatement and re-engagement at the employment tribunal,” it mentioned in a assertion.

The former Citigroup veteran, who states he first listened to of his dismissal when his supervisor phoned him on getaway in India, advised the east London tribunal on Wednesday he had had no chance to clarify likely confusing or deceptive electronic chats.

Ramchandani conceded that his identify was bandied about in information experiences in 2013 as British and U.S. authorities honed in on allegations of selling price-correcting in the $six.six trillion-for each-day forex markets.

But he advised the tribunal: “I do not settle for it was honest for me to set me on leave when the bank mentioned there ended up problems about my chats (electronic communications).”

Ramchandani alleges he was fired devoid of a disciplinary system and was specified no ideal of attractiveness. The former trader, whose annual spend stood at around 1. million lbs ., is in search of a spend-out of around eighty,000 lbs . ($102,000) and possibly his previous career again or a equivalent position.

But if the court docket agrees he need to be reinstated or re-engaged in a different position, he is eligible for compensation equal to the spend and benefits he would have accrued if he had not been dismissed.

The former London-based trader was 1 of 3 who ended up associates of electronic chatrooms in which sellers ended up alleged to have shared sensitive client get details.

A global investigation into alleged forex manipulation, that kicked off in 2013, resulted in some of the world’s greatest financial institutions paying out fines of much more than $11 billion. Dozens of traders ended up fired.

Citibank, which states Britain’s Economic Conduct Authority (FCA) watchdog prohibited it from sharing details with Ramchandani about chats it had identified as about, has conceded that his dismissal was “procedurally unfair”.

But it alleges that senior supervisors “were apparent that his carry out had precipitated an irreparable breakdown in have faith in and confidence”.

Reporting by Kirstin Ridley Editing by Alexandra Hudson

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