Sexually harassed worker paid $20K

Last updated 16:35 30/07/2014

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A Timaru businessman has been ordered to pay a former employee $19,877.70 for sexual harassment and wrongful dismissal.

In a decision by the Employment Relations Authority, the identity of female employee was suppressed because of the sexual harassment aspect of the case.

The employer had claimed he made the employee redundant because his business was struggling.

The authority found he had unjustifiably dismissed the woman without any discussion or consultation.

It also found the employer had sexually harassed the applicant.

The woman told the authority she received numerous unwelcome requests from the businessman to enter into an intimate relationship even after she rejected his advances.

The employer was ordered to pay the applicant $7182.50 in lost wages as a result of the dismissal. The woman was awarded another $12,000 compensation for humiliation, loss of dignity and injury to feelings.

The authority also ordered the businessman to pay his former employee $695.20 in unpaid holiday pay.

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