A former HBOS bank manager who is claiming sexual harassment, discrimination, and constructive dismissal before an employment tribunal
in Leeds has alleged a male colleague tricked his way into her hotel room during
a business trip by telling the night porter he was her girlfriend.
Tansey, 39, of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, told the tribunal: “I’m not sure
how long I had been asleep when I woke up with a horrible feeling that I was not
alone and that I was being watched.”
When she told the man to leave, he asked
to use the bathroom. He then emerged naked and only left when she threatened to
hit him with a high heel shoe.
Ms. Tansey worked for HBOS for 17 years. She said she had no choice but
to resign from her £39,000-a-year “dream” job due to stress induced by
the “harassing and laddish culture” at the bank.
In addition to the hotel room
incident, she claims male colleagues tricked her into going to a lap dancing
club; constantly subjected her to lewd and suggestive comments; watched
pornography on their laptops during working hours; bragged about their sex
lives; and one even slapped her backside.
She is claiming £604,000 in damages
for loss of earnings and hurt feelings.
The hearing continues.
How to prove constructive dismissal
To prove constructive dismissal, Ms. Tansey must show that HBOS
committed a serious breach of contract, she did not accept the
breach, and she resigned because of the breach.
serious breaches of contract in this context include:
- Making it impossible for you to do your job effectively;
- Failing to give you reasonable support to carry out your job without
disruption, harassment or bullying from co-workers; &
- Forcing you to work in conditions where health and safety regulations are
** Additional Information & Advice **
Constructive dismissal cases are hard to win, so
always seek advice before quitting your job. Factors such as your employment
status, the terms of your employment contract, length of service, and reasons
for leaving all require consideration.
You can obtain further information about
constructive dismissal on FindLaw.
Depending on your circumstances, you may want to speak with an employment law solicitor. You can be matched with a solicitor in your area for free via solicitor matching services, which can also help you to
understand the best course of action for your situation and whether you are
ready to hire a solicitor.
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