15 February 2012
Tribunal awards ex-manager damages
A tribunal has awarded compensation to an ex-manager who took legal action against her former employer on the grounds of sexual discrimination and harassment.
Anne Rutherford claimed she was constructively dismissed from her senior position at a butchers shop owned by Crawshaws - a firm with 20 stores in total - in Doncaster.
Ms Rutherford - who originally joined the company in 2009 - told her tribunal that pranks and sex acts involving raw meat routinely took place in the lunch room at her workplace.
The 56-year-old indicated this caused her personality to change completely and told the South Yorkshire Times the episode had "destroyed" her in terms of confidence and self-belief.
"I used to be a happy go lucky person and after this happened I just couldn't be bothered to go out the house," she stated.
As a result of her unfair treatment, Ms Rutherford has been granted compensation.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson
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