BT WOMAN £290K SEX COMPO
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.