Cruelty Is Costly To Employer
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 8, 2006
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND--A kitchen design business has been ordered to pay £30,000 ($52,100 US) to an employee for the "cavalier, cruel and hurtful manner" it treated her.
Alison Henry, who is partially sighted because of retinitis pigmentosa, told the court that her supervisor bullied her when she worked last year at the Kingdom of Kitchens showroom in Kirkcaldy, the Daily Record reported.
Henry, 57, claimed that supervisor John Pryde verbally abused her in front of customers, saying "How bad are your f****** eyes?", "You blind bugger" and "How bad are your f***ing eyes?". She said that when she showed up to work carrying a white stick, Pryde told her to "cut the f****** dramatics".
"The bullying crept in after a while," she said. "Every other word from John was a swear word and he shouted rather than spoke."
When Henry complained to the owners of the business, they responded by telling her to lighten up on Pryde.
In a ruling made public last Friday, an employment tribunal wrote: "They behaved towards the claimant in a cavalier, cruel and hurtful manner. They had no regard for the obvious humiliation caused by constant and repeated derogatory references to her eyesight."
"They behaved in a manner which fell well below any acceptable standard of decent behaviour."
Henry is enjoying her new sales job at a home-building company.
"Cutout The Dramatics" (The Daily Record)