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£21,000 for injury to feelings

This report relates to 1 case(s)

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    Salmon v David and others [1998] ET/1100751/97 (1 other report)

    • Pornography created humiliating environment

      1 March 1999

      The Prison Service unlawfully discriminated against a female prison officer by creating a humiliating working environment for her. She worked with colleagues who openly read pornographic magazines and who engaged in sexual banter which went beyond what was acceptable to right-thinking people, an Ashford employment tribunal (Chair: V Cooney) rules in Salmon v David and others.

A female prison officer who was subjected to sexual harassment whilst working in a predominantly male environment, culminating in offensive and sexually degrading remarks being made against her in the "dock book" by a male colleague, is awarded compensation of £77,345, including £21,000 for injury to feelings and aggravated damages, by an Ashford employment tribunal (Chair: V J Cooney) in Salmon v (1) David and (2) HM Prison Service. The dock book incident and its repercussions, including an attempted cover up and the failure to take action against the person responsible, took the case from "the low to high in the scale of injury to feelings".