27 February 2012
Solicitor seeks compensation over 'false' sexual harassment case
A legal employee has launched proceedings against a young female colleague after being cleared of sexual harassment and bullying allegations in their shared place of employment.
Paul Loughran - a litigation solicitor - is demanding damages of £1,000 for slander and libel after 29-year-old Kerrie Edge made untrue statements that are said to have ruined his professional and personal reputation, reports the Daily Telegraph.
After being employed as a paralegal in March 2009, Ms Edge allegedly took time off work with a doctor's note claiming she was suffering from stress last April, before resigning in September.
However, Mr Loughran has suggested she actually took time off to avoid a performance improvement plan and a misconduct investigation following the discovery of sexual harassment allegations in August.
"I'm not very happy about it, to say the least," he told the news provider. "I asked her to stop repeating the allegations and I even wrote to her asking for an apology but none was forthcoming."
Posted by Trusha Vyas
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