Starplan: Woman awarded £19k for Christmas party harassment.
Matthew Pinto-Chilcott, Owner of Consensus HR comments: “colleague from Starplan had touched her bottom, hugged her from behind without her consent and made comments about her breasts. This story has just be publicised on the BBC in relation to a Christmas Party where an employee was sexually harassed and has resulted in the employee being awarded £19,000. We have discussed this in previous blogs and employers, managers and all members of the team must ensure that inappropriate behaviour does not take place at any event or in the workplace. Equality is for all, at all times and is covered under the Equality Act 2010 with employees able to make a claim from day one of employment and the possibility of unlimited awards.
A woman who said she was left feeling unsafe in the workplace after being sexually harassed at a Christmas party has been awarded nearly £19,000.
Shirley Lyons claimed a colleague from Starplan had touched her bottom, hugged her from behind without her consent and made comments about her breasts.
An employment tribunal said that amounted to unlawful sexual harassment.
Ms Lyons worked as a designer and sales consultant for the furniture company in Portadown, County Armagh.
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