Large payout for ‘bullied’ housekeeper

A former housekeeper has won �43,000 compensation after she was bullied by her boss while working at a Christian spirituality and conference centre in Sheffield.'Single mum Sadia Raza was ridiculed and humiliated by general manager Graham Holland in front of colleagues and chided for no reason, an employment tribunal heard.

A former housekeeper has won �43,000 compensation after she was bullied by her boss while working at a Christian spirituality and conference centre in Sheffield.'Single mum Sadia Raza was ridiculed and humiliated by general manager Graham Holland in front of colleagues and chided for no reason, an employment tribunal heard.

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A former housekeeper won £43,000 in compensation after she was bullied by her boss while working at a Christian spirituality and conference centre in Sheffield.

Sadia Raza was ridiculed and humiliated by general manager Graham Holland in front of colleagues at Whirlow Grange, an employment tribunal found.

Mrs Raza, aged 49, said her ‘sunny disposition’ was wrecked after she was sacked from her cleaning job for gross misconduct.

She was accused of sexually harassing four men – allegations deemed to be false by the tribunal judge.

The tribunal heard Mr Holland once picked up a cheesecake and said: “If I drop this plate Sadia will lick it up off the floor.”

He also criticised the way she made up bedrooms and said: “Is this how they run hotels in Pakistan?”

Mr Holland made lewd comments and swore at Mrs Raza, reducing her to tears, the tribunal found.

Mrs Raza, who worked part time at the centre – where the Archbishops of York and Canterbury have stayed – told the tribunal Mr Holland was ‘aggressive and insulting’ towards her and treated her like a child.

She won her claim for unfair dismissal and victimisation and partly succeeded in a harassment claim.

All Mrs Raza’s claims of sex and race discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal were denied by Whirlow Grange and Mr Holland, who lives in Chesterfield.

Sheffield tribunal and employment judge Philip Rostant said she had suffered ‘appallingly unfair treatment’ during the disciplinary procedure and the panel accepted she was ‘upset and humiliated’ by Mr Holland’s behaviour.

The award includes compensation for injury to feelings, lost and future earnings, unfair dismissal and victimisation.