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Married maintenance man, 50, wins harassment case after much younger single mum pestered him for sex

Married maintenance man, 50, wins harassment case after much younger single mum pestered him for sex
  • Younger female colleague repeatedly pestered David Weatherby, 50, for sex
  • The pair worked together at cleaning supplies company in Flintshire, Wales  
  • His coworker said she would make 'his life hell' if he reported her to their boss
A married man has won a harassment case after a female colleague 'many years his junior' repeatedly pestered him for sex, messaged his wife telling her to imagine him cheating on her and threatened to get him fired if he reported her.   
Maintenance man Andrew Weatherby, 50, was sent a series of increasingly explicit texts by the admin assistant who told him to 'think of the fun' they could have.
He said he felt 'intimidated and offended' by his much younger colleague, who he worked with at cleaning supplies company Amcrol Limited, based in Flintshire, Wales, and begged her to leave him alone.
But when he threatened to report her to their boss she threatened to make 'his life hell.'
The employment tribunal in Llandudno, Wales, heard Mr Weatherby's female coworker repeatedly pestered him for sex
The employment tribunal in Llandudno, Wales, heard Mr Weatherby's female coworker repeatedly pestered him for sex 
The woman sent a series of mocking emails and messages to Mr Weatherby's wife telling her to imagine her husband cheating on her.
An employment tribunal held in Llandudno, Conwy County Borough, heard the coworkers had a strong friendship before the incidents and their shared humour 'contained innuendo.'
After Mr Weatherby offered the unnamed colleague assistance while she was going through a difficult time her behaviour towards him changed, the tribunal heard.
She sent him a text saying 'I could repay you in kind LOL' before inviting the confused husband for an after work drink.
A week later she sent another text saying 'I'm totally f******, think of the fun.' Mr Weatherby replied that he was happily married and they were just workmates.
When she continued to send him messages asking him to have sex with her at work when their boss, Ian Bellis, was out, he snapped and said: 'Just stop....it's offensive and intimidating.'
When that didn't work, he sent another message saying he would report her to their boss she replied: 'You need to remember I am a single crying mum and can make your life hell.
'I guarantee you go to Ian I will make your life hell. I just want you to want me.'
Mr Weatherby eventually made a formal complaint about her behaviour but he ended up getting suspended five days before she was and was eventually sacked.
The tribunal agreed that he had been sexually harassed by his colleague and also victimised by his boss.
Employment Judge Powell concluded: 'Mr Ian Bellis, perhaps unconsciously, considered a complaint by a fifty year old man, that he was being harassed to have a sexual relationship by a woman many years his junior, was less credible or urgent than a similar complaint from a woman.'
The tribunal found that Mr Weatherby's claims of unfair dismissal however were also credible but also accepted his workload had diminished and he may well have been made redundant regardless.

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