Sting with wife Trudie Styler

Sting and his wife Trudie Styler have been ordered to pay their former chef compensation after losing a sexual discrimination case.The couple were told they must pay 41-year-old Jane Martin £24,944 (U.S. Approx. $50,000.) at an employment tribunal in Southampton yesterday. Martin claimed Styler sacked her from her job at the couple's Wiltshire estate because she was pregnant.The compensation includes £10,000 (U.S. $20,000.)for injury to feelings and £16,000 (U.S. $32,000.) for loss of earnings with deductions for redundancy pay Martin has already received. But tribunal chairman James Simpson admitted Martin could have claimed a much larger sum. He said: "The tribunal was surprised when Mr Norman, representing the claimant, suggested the figure of £10,000 and that the claimant was not seeking aggravated damages or costs."Martin won her cases of unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination on June 8 after telling a Southampton employment tribunal of her "cruel" treatment from her former employers.She claimed she was forced to work 14-hour days even while heavily pregnant,and that when she took time off sick Styler fumed: "Who the f**k does she think she is? She's my chef in the UK. She needs to be available if I need her, or she should rethink her position."Martin admitted she feared she would lose her baby because of the stress she was being put under. A spokesman for Styler said an appeal had been lodged and insisted the hearing had displayed bias against her. He said: "It remains Trudie's position that she, as a woman and a mother, has never in her life sexually discriminated against anyone and never would do so."