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£75,000 damages against charity who sexually harassment employee

A Glasgow-based anti-abuse charity has been ordered to pay almost £75,000 in damages over claims that a former employee was subjected to sexual harassment that left her with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The charity’s founder was found to have treated the claimant less favourably because of her rejection of or submission to unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, which included telling her mother they were having an affair.

The tribunal also found that the claimant had been harassed with the purpose or effect of violating their dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them to be in.

The charity was deemed to have not taken "all reasonable steps" to prevent the founder from carrying out the harassment and victimisation of the claimant and was therefore ordered to pay £74,647.96, which included an injury to feelings award of £35,000 and a personal injury award of £20,000.

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