Female security guard repeatedly mistaken for a man wins £2000 payout : Even the court papers that were filed for her case refer to her as SIR!!

A female security guard has won a £2,000 payout for sexual harassment. After the firm that employed her repeatedly called her “Mr”.

Female security guard repeatedly mistaken for a man wins £2000 payout : Even the court papers that were filed for her case refer to her as SIR!! Sarwat Shah worked in the predominantly male security sector for supermarket giant Morrisons. Where colleagues kept mistaking her for a man. Continually being mistaken as male left Miss Shah “extremely upset”. She became anxious and stressed and being called a man reduced her to tears.

Subsequently, She told a tribunal that she was called “Mr” at least five times in writing by her firm. Whilst working for them in 2019. Miss Shah, from Croydon, also said that it happened numerous times over the phone as well. One male colleague apologized to her for his mistake then called her “Mr” twice more. The tribunal, held in London, claimed that the male orientated business should have made more of an effort to avoid making assumptions regarding it’s employees.

The company that employed Miss Shah, Total Security Services Ltd, even misgendered her in their witness statement. Which the tribunal was “completely surprised” about.

Earlier, They even managed to get her name wrong in the statement, calling her “Shaw” not “Shah”. Employment Judge Omar Khalil concluded the tribunal by saying “Miss Shah was referred to as Mr on several occasions in writing and verbally. Very surprisingly, the error was even present in two separate paragraphs in [the operation manager’s] statement and in [the HR representative’s] witness statement.

That the [company] operates in a male dominated sector would suggest that even more attention ought to be paid to avoid discriminatory assumptions. The Tribunal accepted the explanation that the root cause was an administration error… [Miss Shah] was referred to as Sarwat in the portal.” He finished off by saying that it was “reasonable” that Miss Shah was upset

Finally, The tribunal found her claim of harassment was well founded. And awarded Miss Shah £2,000 for injury to feelings. It found another claim she made for unauthorised deductions was not made out and was dismissed.


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