Sexual harassment in the workplace destroys careers, relationships and trust. Employees must be aware that it is how their conduct is perceived by the recipient that is relevant and NOT how the words or deeds are intended. Employers must also step up and ensure that any form of harassment, whether sexual or otherwise is eradicated from the workplace and that its employees have adequate protection from this.
A bullying NHS chief sexually harassed a married HR boss after she refused to go to bed with him by bombarding her with texts messages - one of which branded her a "whore", an employment tribunal heard. Helen Marks was friends with Alan Baines, but things turned nasty after she spurned his advances. Baines, who was described as "bullying and manipulative" turned against her, abusing his position and suspending her without justification. The tribunal ruled the married woman had been unfairly dismissed by the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust after being subjected to a campaign of harassment. Now, after the publication of the tribunal's report, health watchdogs have launched an investigation into the organisation and the chief executive, Prof Steve Trenchard, has been suspended.