Friday 17 November 2017

Canteen worker was 'harassed with a sausage and punched'

Ray Managh and Saurya Cherfi

A Tesco canteen worker claimed that a chef approached her with a sausage sticking out of his trousers and on another occasion pushed whipped cream down her bra.

Angela Young (61), of Cushlawn Park, Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin, yesterday settled her €38,000 claim for bullying and harassment for an undisclosed sum.

The catering assistant claimed that between 2003 and 2005 she had been a victim of sexual and physical assault in the Tesco canteen at Tesco, Greenhills Road, Tallaght, Dublin.

Both Tesco and the canteen operator Eurest denied the allegations.

They conducted an investigation during which, they claimed, Ms Young changed her claims of sexual harassment to inappropriate behaviour.

On another occasion 'Chef A' had changed his clothing in front of her and once walked toward her wearing only his underpants.

She claimed her uniform hat had been grabbed from her head by Chef A and filled with whipped cream before being pushed back on her head. Chef A had laughed at her and then pushed whipped cream down her bra.

Ms Young claimed another chef, referred to as 'Chef B', on a separate occasion grabbed a plate from her hand, smashed it on the floor and ordered her to clean it up.

After she objected he called her a "white whore" and "an Irish bitch", she said.

He had then grabbed her arm and punched her, she alleged, adding he had to be forcibly removed by other members of staff.

Ms Young claimed she had to have medical treatment for depression and had been referred to a counsellor.

The defendants -- Eurest, trading as Compass Catering Services Ltd of Park West Business Park, Dublin, and Tesco -- also agreed to pay her costs.

Irish Independent

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