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Man claims ‘sexual harassment by colleague who spanked him at golf club’

Man claims ‘sexual harassment by colleague who spanked him at golf club’

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The man worked at Machrihanish Dunes golf club
The man worked at Machrihanish Dunes golf club (Picture: Getty)

A male golf club worker at a top resort claims he was sexually harassed at work by a female colleague who spanked him and made inappropriate comments.

The man, known as Mr X, worked at Machrihanish Dunes on the southern tip of the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland, an 18-hole course with luxury cottages.

He worked in the laundry room with a female colleague, Ms Y – who Mr X says talked constantly about sex acts and groped and spanked him.

Mr X began working at the golf club as a laundry assistant in August 2016.

But he raised concerns two years later and is now taking the club to employment tribunal for unfair dismissal and sexual harassment.

He reported the incidents to his bosses, but a preliminary judgment in the case states that it appeared the complaint ‘was not properly investigated’.

He refused to continue working with the woman, and asked to only work shifts when she was off – but he was removed from the firms payroll several months later.

The judgment stated: ‘At some point in early to mid 2018 the claimant emailed the respondents operations manager Mhairi Morrison and advised her that he was experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace by Ms Y.

‘He also advised her that Ms Y was abusing prescription medication.

‘It is not clear what steps were taken by Ms Morrison to investigate the claimants complaint.’

In September 2018 Mr X emailed Ms Morrison to say he was removing himself from the rota on the days Ms Y was working, prompting a chain of emails between them.

In an email Mr X wrote: ‘The groping/spanking and sexual harassment occurred several times a day for months, everyone involved in the laundry are witnesses, every question and conversation Ms Y led bar a few were about sexual acts.

‘I left my details on the report which were never used, as far as I know no statements were taken from co-workers/staff in the laundry regarding these complaints.’

Ms Morrison said the complaint was passed on to an external HR firm, and their position was that ‘without proof and it being the case of your word against her there wasnt much we could do’.

She also claimed she did not realise ‘how severe it was’.

Employment judge Mary Kearns stated: ‘It appeared that the complaint was not properly investigated, and no outcome seemed to have been given to the claimant [at the time of the hearing].’

The preliminary hearing was to establish whether or not the tribunal claims had been submitted within the correct time frame.

Under employment legislation, a worker has two years in which to make a claim for unfair dismissal from the date they leave the company.

The tribunal heard the clubs position was Mr X had resigned after refusing to attend the laundry and they sent his P45 detailing accrued holiday pay to his old address, meaning the complaint would have been out of time.

But the tribunal found that the date of dismissal was December 2018 when the company stopped paying his wages.

The claim for sexual harassment may also be out of time as a worker only has three months in which to make such a claim, however, the tribunal asked for more information.

During the hearing, the tribunal heard from the clubs general manager Andrew Hogan who claimed Mr X had never complained about sexual harassment.

However, Judge Kearns said the emails between Mr X and Ms Morrison ‘undermined confidence in his evidence’.

The case will proceed to a further hearing.

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