Solicitors for former Awema worker say sexual harassment tribunal is won
SOLICITORS representing a former charity worker have said she has won her case for sexual harassment against her former boss.
Sylwia Bobrowska worked for the All Wales Ethnic Minority Association before it was wound up earlier this year amid allegations of financial mismanagement, which led to it losing Welsh Government funding.
In an employment tribunal in Cardiff last week Ms Bobrowska accused the charity's ex-chief executive, Naz Malik, of sexual discrimination, harassment and victimisation - allegations he denied.
A full judgement is expected shortly, but solicitors Peter Lynn and Partner, representing Ms Bobrowska, have told the Evening Post the judgement has found in her favour.
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The firm's employment law partner, Stuart Atherton, said: "The judgement has found unanimously in her favour, and our client is very pleased with the result.
"She is very appreciative for all the support which she has received."
The tribunal hearing last week heard Ms Bobrowska had been sacked from her job two days after demanding an apology from Mr Malik, for comments he was alleged to have made.
They included comments he was said to have made to another colleague, after she had been commended by auditors, that she should have been given a kiss to congratulate her.
Mr Malik had told the tribunal it was meant as a compliment.
The tribunal also heard that Mr Malik had pointed Ms Bobrowska out in a staff meeting and told her directly she could not have an affair in Swansea without him knowing about it.
She had reported her concerns to the charity's operations manager, Mr Malik's daughter Tegwen, and said she wanted an apology.
But she was suspended the same day, and two days later she was dismissed from her job.
Mr Malik, who described himself as a "caring" boss, told the hearing she had been dismissed for reasons of "financial function".
But after being pressed by tribunal chair Paul Cadney, who asked whether she was suspended as a result of the allegations, Mr Malik admitted: "Part of it, it was the trigger."
Police continue to investigate allegations of misuse of public money by Awema. The charity's former finance director Saquib Zia is bringing his own dismissal tribunal next month.