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A TELE­SALES worker who was sex­u­ally ha­rassed by her man­ager has won a £290,000 pay­out from Bri­tish Tele­com, the high­est award at an em­ploy­ment tri­bunal in the past year.

Pet­rina Tay­lor’s com­pen­sa­tion is 30 times the av­er­age cheque re­ceived by ser­vice­men in­jured in Afghanistan, with a sol­dier whose leg is blown off in bat­tle get­ting as lit­tle as £92,000.

Miss Tay­lor, 36, com­plained about her or­deal at the hands of “dan­ger­ous” sex pest boss Craig Al­cock, but BT’s re­sponse was branded “woe­ful”, by a tri­bunal.

Ten women have re­cently sued BT for sex­ual ha­rass­ment they al­legedly suf­fered at the hands of a num­ber of dif­fer­ent men while work­ing for its “Cus­tomer Street” tele­sales op­er­a­tion. The firm has set­tled sev­eral cases out of court.

Miss Tay­lor ( left) en­dured Al­cock “thrust­ing” him­self at her and was warned by him that if she failed to land a deal he would “spunk up her back”.

When she asked for time off to see a doc­tor over her con­tra­cep­tion, he replied: “What are you telling me for? I’m not shov­ing it up you.”

He talked about a fe­male col­league’s breasts and called a preg­nant em­ployee a “lazy cow”.

Mr Al­cock used to threaten Miss Tay­lor she would be axed un­less she met her sales tar­gets.

Miss Tay­lor, from Hud­der­s­field, re­signed her £20,000-a-year job in 2009 when the bul­ly­ing be­came too much.

Leeds Em­ploy­ment Tri­bunal up­held her claims of sex dis­crim­i­na­tion and un­fair dis­missal.

BT had ad­mit­ted that they were li­able for Mr Al­cock’s con­duct.

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