Married maintenance man, 50, wins £21,000 compensation after much younger single mother pestered him for sex
- Andrew Weatherby was sent a series of increasingly explicit texts by the woman
- Mr Weatherby finally made a formal complaint about her behaviour
- He was suspended days before the younger woman and was eventually sacked
- The tribunal agreed that he had been sexually harassed by his colleague and also victimised by his boss
A married man has won over £21,000 after a female colleague repeatedly pestered him for sex and threatened to get him fired if he complained.
Andrew Weatherby was sent a series of increasingly explicit texts by the woman, who he worked with in Flintshire, Wales, who told him to ‘think of the fun’ they could have.
The 50-year-old said he felt ‘intimidated and offended’ by his much younger colleague and begged her to leave him alone.
But when he threatened to report her to their boss she threatened to make ‘his life hell.’
The employment tribunal in Llandudno, Wales, heard Mr Weatherby’s female coworker repeatedly pestered him for sex and awarded him £21,000
Mr Weatherby’s relationship with his wife broke down for a period of time after his obsessed colleague began texting and emailing her incessantly.
The women’s harassment – which echoes the plot of the hit 1990s film Disclosure starring Demi Moore and Michael Douglas – was laid bare in an employment tribunal.
The hearing in Llandudno, Wales, was told there was a strong friendship between the two before the incidents and their shared humour ‘contained innuendo.’
The tribunal heard that after Mr Weatherby offered the unnamed colleague assistance while she was going through a difficult time, her behaviour towards Mr Weatherby changed.
She sent him a text saying ‘I could repay you in kind LOL’ before inviting the confused husband for an after work drink.
A week later she sent another text saying ‘I’m totally f****ble, think of the fun.’ Mr Weatherby replied that he was happily married and they were just workmates.
The pair worked at Amcrol Limited, who produce cleaning supplies, where the woman was an administrative assistant and Mr Weatherby worked in maintenance.
When she continued to send him messages asking him to have sex with her at work when their boss, Ian Bellis, was out, he snapped and said: ‘Just stop….it’s offensive and intimidating.’
When that didn’t work, he sent another message saying he would report her to their boss she replied: ‘You need to remember I am a single crying mum and can make your life hell.
‘I guarantee you go to Ian I will make your life hell. I just want you to want me.’
The woman then sent a series of mocking emails and messages to Mr Weatherby’s wife telling her to imagine her husband cheating on her.
Mr Weatherby finally made a formal complaint about her behaviour.
But he ended up getting suspended five days before she was and was eventually sacked.
The tribunal agreed that he had been sexually harassed by his colleague and also victimised by his boss.
Employment Judge Powell concluded: ‘Mr Ian Bellis, perhaps unconsciously, considered a complaint by a fifty year old man, that he was being harassed to have a sexual relationship by a woman many years his junior, was less credible or urgent than a similar complaint from a woman.’
The tribunal found that Mr Weatherby’s claims of unfair dismissal however were also credible, but also accepted his workload had diminished and he may well have been made redundant regardless.
It awarded Mr Weatherby £17,250.00 for ‘injury to feelings’, £1,495.00 of interest, £1,895 for loss of earnings, and another £414 for other costs.
In total he was awarded £21,054.