A Sheffield woman has been rewarded £20,500 in compensation for suffering sexual and racial harassment at the hands of her former employer.
Mrs Maryam Mashayekhi successfully brought her previous employer Christopher Storey of George Plus One Ltd whom she worked for at Tony and Guy, to justice at an employment tribunal over sexual and racial harassment claims in October 2012.
The hearing, which attracted world-wide attention, found Mr Storey to have engaged in inappropriate conduct relating to Mrs Mashayekhi’s sex and race during her employment at the hair salon. Speaking of the result, Mrs Mashayeki said “I am very pleased with the result. I would like to thank my husband for his support throughout this ordeal, my solicitor Scott Sim and the tribunal for bringing me justice.”
The Employment Tribunal found that Christopher Storey had subjected Maryam Mashayekhi to sexual harassment and racial discrimination, before unfairly dismissing the trainee hairdresser.
Mrs Mashayekhi’s Solicitor, Scott Sim of Howells Solicitors said “We are very happy with this result. Mrs Mashayekhi was found to be subjected to behaviour that is wholly unacceptable in any work place and we are pleased that justice has been achieved..”
The panel found George Plus One Ltd, a franchise of Toni and Guy, constructively and unfairly dismissed Mrs Mashayeki and Mr Story was found guilty of sex and race discrimination. At the time of the hearing £1,057 was awarded for a shortfall in holiday pay and wages. The tribunal panel decided Mr Story’s conduct ‘violated her dignity’ and created an ‘offensive environment’ for Mrs Mashayekhi.
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