Bullied NHS executive awarded £832k by employment tribunal

An NHS executive who was harassed and bullied after rejecting her boss’ advances has been awarded close to £1 million in compensation.

Helen Marks, 50, lost her job as human resource executive, after her boss Alan Baines branded her a whore and harassed her after she fended off his sexual advances.

An Employment Tribunal heard that as a result of the rejection, Baines and trust’s chief executive, Steve Trenchard, conspired against Mrs Marks to dismiss her from her £90,000 a year post.

Mrs Marks has now received a payment of £832,711 in compensation, in a scandal that has cost taxpayer nearly £1.5 million.

In summer 2015, an employment tribunal in Nottingham ruled that Mrs Mark’s dismissal was unfair after she was sexually harassed by Baines.

After it became apparent that Mrs Marks was intending to peruse legal action against the trust, Baines was allowed to quit with his good name intact and received a payment of £75,000

Chief executive Steve Trenchard was suspended for seven months for his role in the scandal and received a payment of £90,000.

Mrs Marks and Baines were friends until in October 2012, when Baines kissed her after a member of staff failed to get a promotion, believing he had obtained a desired result that would please her.

After the incident Mrs Marks reduced her contact with Baines and it was at this point that he began bombarding her with texts and revealed he intended to humiliate her, whilst also accusing her of having an affair with another colleague.

Following a complaint against Mrs Marks from another member of staff, the tribunal heard that Baines was “delighted” and immediately dismissed Mrs Marks for alleged bullying.

Favouring Mrs Marks, the employment tribunal said that Baines actions towards Mrs Marks were done to: “‘violate her dignity and create an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating and offensive environment for her”.

Posted on February 12th, 2016 in Employment

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