In Groman v (1) Universal Science (UK) Limited; (2) Stratford, Ms G, booked a two-bed flat to be able to attend a trade show. The MD, Mr S, indicated he would be attending and would share the accommodation. When S and G returned to the flat, S asked G for a shoulder massage twice and asked her to sleep with him. She indicated this was totally inappropriate. Six months later, S again asked G for a shoulder massage, which she declined telling him that it was inappropriate, but he repeated the request on several occasions. Then, at a charity dinner, S answered a question as to whether he and G were a couple by saying that he had tried at least 20 times but G had rejected him. G resigned and raised a grievance which was rejected on the basis that there was no evidence to support the allegations of sexual harassment. An ET found that the employer did not look fairly and objectively into the allegations and were quick to reach conclusions that they were unfounded. Any reasonable investigation would have uncovered the relevant evidence and G’s sexual harassment complaint was upheld.
MD’s repeated requests for a massage and saying he’d ‘tried it on’ was harassment
Article by: Makbool Javaid |