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£5,000 aggravated damages in "outrageous" sex case

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    Hillen v (1) Tuke and (2) Ardsair Ltd [1996] IT/00423/95 (0 other reports)

In Hillen v (1) Tuke and (2) Ardsair Ltd a Belfast industrial tribunal (Chair: I Montgomery) awards £21,500 compensation, including £15,000 for injury to feelings and £5,000 for aggravated damages, to a young woman in "a particularly outrageous case of sexual harassment" which was aggravated by the hearing being conducted "in a blaze of publicity".

Seventeen-year-old Susan Hillen was employed by Ardsair Ltd as a trainee pilot living in accommodation above the company's office and shared by the company's owner, Thomas Tuke, from 23 August 1994 until 7 November 1994. During that time, Mr Tuke sexually harassed her both verbally and physically. On one occasion he entered her bedroom uninvited and asked her to sleep with him.