Discrimination: Luisa Berg is suing Notting Hill Music Group over claims she had no choice but to leave her job
A creative manager for a record publishing company whose clients include Madonna, Britney Spears and Beyonce was forced out of her job after she went on maternity leave, a tribunal heard today.
Luisa Berg, 31, who secured the soundtrack of hit film, StreetDance, for the Notting Hill Music Group, had to leave after her bosses failed to make allowances for the fact she has a daughter, she claims.
Managing director, David Loader, 61, even lied when she questioned why she had not received her Christmas bonus, Mrs Berg alleged today as she took her former bosses to tribunal for sex discrimination.
Mrs Berg has described the firm's actions as 'hurtful' after she had a sucessful year securing the soundtrack for the smash hit 2010 3D film including the top ten song by Ndubz and Bodyrox for the company, which also has Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera and 50 Cent on its books.
She said: 'I should have been spending these months with my daughter, but instead this has taken a considerable amount of stress. I have also lost money.
'Emotionally I have been put through my paces. It is hurtful that I worked for Dave for five years.
'In my last year I had a particularly good year and I have been extremely hurt by the way I have been treated.'
A-List: Beyonce, pictured left, with her mother, Tina Knowles and Britney Spears, right, are both clients of Notting Hill Music Group
Her work, she said, resulted in massive earnings for the company and on the back of the success the company signed a deal with Vertigo Films.
On its website the publishing company praises the 'huge amount of work' done on StreetDance 'led by the magnificent Luisa Berg' who 'shepherded an amazingly successful soundtrack' for the Vertigo Films Movie.
But in the same month it was released, she went on maternity leave and was never able to return to her £26k role, she claims, and when she began the tribunal process her boss branded her a 'gold digger'.
Mrs Berg began working as a creative manager for the music publishing company in August 2006 and her role included pitching scripts to writers and dealing with clients and the accounts for which she was paid £2,300 a month.
In April 2010 she began trying to arrange her maternity leave but Mr Loader was 'reluctant' to discuss the issues.
Her position was only finalised a day before she left on July 9, 2010 London Central Employment tribunal was told.
Queens of pop: Madonna, left, and Christina Agilera, right, are just some of the music group's top clients
Her daughter was born in August 2010 and in February this year she met Mr Loader to discuss her return to work and to inform him she only wanted to come back part time.
Mrs Berg said: 'I raised the matter of my Christmas bonus, usually £1,000, to be told no such bonuses were being paid. 'It later transpired bonuses were paid to other members of staff.
'He had misled me.'
After the meeting he failed to answer her calls or get back to her about her suggestion of working two or three days a week, she told the hearing.
She is now suing Notting Hill Music Group for direct and indirect sex discrimination and failing to provide her with flexible working hours and a written contract of employment.
Unassuming: The Notting Hill Music Group offices are based in a residential street in west London
Band, N-Dubz from left, Dino 'Dappy' Contostavlos, Tulisa Contostavlos and Richard 'Fazer' Rawson
Mrs Berg is seeking compensation for lost earnings as well as injury to feelings.
Mr Loader, 61, denies sexual discrimination against his former employee. He said that he tried on numerous occasions to set up a meeting with Mrs Berg so they could discuss her coming back to work on a flexible basis after she had her baby.
But, he told the tribunal it was 'not part of her schedule' and she had no intention to return to work full time after her maternity leave.
He said: 'As far as I am aware the entire process has been smooth and efficient and she has received all remuneration due to her in a timely manner.
'I don't think that at any point this year she intended to return to work full time.
'Numerous attempts were made with her to discuss the options but it didn't appear to be part of her schedule.'