Tribunal finds sales assistant subjected to sexual harassment that was deemed ‘inevitable for women’ by a colleague
A Leeds tribunal found that Ms D, a 19-year-old sales assistant, was a victim of sexual harassment by two colleagues and her employer.
Ms D complained about a 40-year-old colleague’s unwanted conduct at work. The tribunal found that the 19-year-old was subjected to unwanted sexual conduct by Mr F when they were working alone in the business’s warehouse together.
The tribunal also said Ms D’s colleague Ms G, who conducted the grievance appeal “patronised and belittled” D when she drew a distinction between touching someone’s hand and rape. The tribunal concluded that Ms G’s views on sexual harassment were an “inevitable part of being a woman”.
The judge stated continual questioning lessened the 19-year-old’s complaint.