Job tri­bunal shock

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By NEIL GOOD­WIN neil@sun­

A BA­CON slicer was sacked af­ter her bosses ruled she took part in sex acts on the fac­tory floor with her su­per­vi­sor, an em­ploy­ment tri­bunal heard.

Tri­bunal judge Christopher Carstairs said the firm ‘ ac­cepted that con­sen­sual sex­ual acts had taken place on the fac­tory floor, in the food pro­cess­ing plant’.

The woman is claim­ing un­fair dis­missal and sex and race dis­crim­i­na­tion against the com­pany.

She told the Ex­eter panel that she was sex­u­ally as­saulted by the ‘bul­ly­ing’ English su­per­vi­sor in a gi­ant fridge at the pork fac­tory in Somerset.

The panel heard she was work­ing in the tightly packed fridge when he came up be­hind her and grabbed her, kissing her be­fore plac­ing his hand on her breast, in­side her clothes, and fondling her.

The claimant, in her 30s, also said he had mo­lested her be­fore and placed his hands be­tween her legs.

Nei­ther the woman or the su­per­vi­sor can be named for le­gal rea­sons af­ter a rul­ing by the panel.

She has also al­leged that when she wanted time off, the su­per­vi­sor would ask her what colour knick­ers she was wear­ing or how of­ten she had sex with her boyfriend.

Yes­ter­day the lawyer act­ing for the firm said the su­per­vi­sor now wanted to give his side of the case.

The tri­bunal was told that he ‘wanted to put it be­hind him’ and did not want to give ev­i­dence – but now he had changed his mind.


The panel was told by the firm’s so­lic­i­tor: “He is now rec­on­ciled with his wife. He wants to re­spond to the al­le­ga­tions made against him.”

The claimant has given ev­i­dence in which she said the su­per­vi­sor called her a ‘Span­ish bitch’ and ‘a Nazi’ and ‘Hitler’.

The tri­bunal panel said they were ‘deeply un­happy’ about the ‘ highly un­sat­is­fac­tory’ ap­pli­ca­tion for him to give ev­i­dence but granted it.

The case has now been ad­journed un­til the au­tumn.

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