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Comment likening a baguette to a dildo was sexual harassment 

Makbool Javaid
contractor

In Henderson v Stessa Leisure (Tynemouth) Ltd, H complained after two colleagues engaged in discussion with H where they asked her if she had undertaken bawdy sexual acts with others on a holiday to Greece. One of them also commented on her figure when she was wearing leggings and about her eating a baguette which he likened to a “dildo”. The ET upheld H’s sexual harassment claim that these unwanted comments violated her dignity, and created an embarrassing, degrading, humiliating and offensive environment for her. The ET also upheld H’s victimisation claim because after she complained about another incident of harassment she was dismissed shortly afterwards for no reason. The ET inferred that the reason was, at least in part, to rid SL(T) Ltd of a complainer and potential claimant. The ET awarded H £7440 compensation.


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