Sex pest boss who harassed three male workers and ‘refused to take no for an answer’ loses unfair dismissal case
- Westminster Council has sacked a finance minister for sexual harassments
- The woman, who cannot be named, tried to kiss a victim, the court was told
- She ‘refused to take no for an answer’ and was fired, according to the claim
- The woman tried to sue the council and two victims, but this was thrown out
A council sacked a sex pest boss after she harassed three male colleagues, telling one married victim to ‘do whatever you want with me’.
The finance manager at Westminster Council also asked for a ‘birthday kiss’ from her boss – who had a girlfriend – and insisted a married man ‘should be my husband’ and that they would ‘have the cutest babies’, an employment tribunal heard.
The ‘obsessive’ worker, who cannot be named, tried to kiss a victim, the hearing in central London was told.
She even texted one: ‘I’ll just let you know. You have my permission to do whatever you want to do with me.’
She ‘refused to take no for an answer’ and was fired, then claimed she had been sexually harassed herself by the men.
She tried to sue the council and two victims, but this was thrown out. She lost an appeal and claims of unfair dismissal, victimisation and disability and religious discrimination.
Stock image: Westminster Council sacked a finance minister who insisted a married man ‘should be my husband’ and that they would ‘have the cutest babies’
The employment tribunal in central London heard the woman was an ‘intelligent’ finance manager with a 2.1 university degree.
She was suspended by the council after two colleagues – who were granted anonymity at the tribunal – both complained about her behaviour.
It was heard she had a ‘cyclical pattern of behaviour’ and would harass them despite their attempts to distance themselves from her.
She called the first man ‘sexy’ and struck up text conversations with him. She told him ‘you looked cute today’ and he replied ‘thanks, my wife said the same thing’.
The woman sent him ‘flirtatious’ messages as well as sexual innuendos, and the tribunal heard he was ‘tempted’.
She messaged him ‘I’ll stop messing around. I’ll just let you know. You have my permission to do whatever you want to do with me’ but he replied ‘not sure what you are on about’.
The tribunal heard that during a walk in Green Park, near Buckingham Palace, the man said the woman tried to kiss him but he held her shoulders to keep her back. However, she claimed he sexually assaulted her by groping her breasts.
Employment Judge Sarah Goodman said: ‘She was not just dismissed because was there a pattern of nuisance behaviour towards male colleagues she took a liking to, which could have been handled another way, she was dismissed for making serious allegations of sexually predatory behaviour, compounded by other vindictive and unnecessary acts.
‘The council could have no confidence in her treating her colleagues professionally and with respect, and she had caused them serious harm and distress.’