October 20, 2006 06:19 ET

Woman in Harassment Ordeal

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 20, 2006) - Amicus, Britain's biggest private sector union has secured compensation in a sexual harassment case, where a woman claimed her boss moved a cctv camera so that it pointed at her work station.

Mr Richardson owner of a Macclesfield based manufacturing company admitted for harassing a female member of staff for almost 2 years.

Married mother of one, Mrs Heather Harrop who brought a claim for sex discrimination and constructive dismissal describes her ordeal,

"It was horrible and creepy, I felt constantly at edge in the workplace and I even felt threatened in my own home. It got to a point where I could no longer work, I went off on stress and had to leave a job I would have enjoyed if it were not for Mr Richardson. Luckily I was a member of Amicus union who instructed Thompsons Solicitors to represent me and ensured I was compensated for my horrendous experience."

Mr Richardson owner of Analytical Technology International Ltd admitted liability and paid Mrs Harrop the sum of GBP16,500. The ordeal began in 2003 when Mr Richardson began to leave post-it notes telling Mrs Harrop of his feelings towards her. Despite Mrs Harrop asking Mr Richardson to stop harassing her, his behaviour continued and, included leaving flowers outside her door step at home on a number of occasions and putting a teddy bear in a box for her. This sort of behaviour became a constant feature of Mrs Harrop's working life. Eventually at the end of 2005 Mr Richardson moved to another floor as a result his behaviour. In January a colleague informed Mrs Harrop that a camera had been moved to the tea room and another was moved so that it pointed at her workstation. On the same day colleagues found a monitor under a cardigan in Mr Richardson's office. On the monitor was an image of Mrs Harrop's workstation.

Mrs Harrop was the only member of staff who had a camera pointed at her workstation. Mrs Harrop eventually went to see her GP who signed her off work with stress. She eventually resigned and took a case against the company with the backing of her union Amicus.

Mrs Harrop claims Mr Richardson's wife who worked at the company was aware of what was going on. Mrs Harrop believed that she did not do enough to stop the harassment and when she was first made aware of it, Mrs Harrop claims she did not take the problem seriously.

Amicus Regional Officer, Lawrence Chapell-Gill says,
" Mrs Harrop's ordeal was discomforting and threatening. I believe it's one of the worst examples of a boss' behaviour towards his staff.

Luckily Mrs Harrop had Amicus on her side. This is an example of why union representation is still as important in the 21st century as it was in the last century."


Contact Information

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    Ciaran Naidoo
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