Student waitress, 17, who stopped getting shifts after she complained about a head chef who asked her ‘if she would do it for the money’ wins £18,000 compensation in sexual harassment case against four-star country hotel
- Chloe Dimond, 17, was working part-time at a hotel while studying at college
- She complained to bosses at Heritage Park Hotel in Rhondda Valley, Wales after head chef made the comments
- When the hotel reopened in August, she was told there were no hours for her
- Her complaint was not investigated and she was removed from WhatsApp group allocating shifts
A teenage waitress who stopped getting shifts after she complained about a head chef who asked her ‘if she would do it for money’ has won £18,000 compensation in a sexual harassment case against a four-star country hotel.
Chloe Dimond, 17, who was working part-time while studying at college, was left feeling ’embarrassed and uncomfortable’ by his question, an employment tribunal heard.
She complained about the inappropriate comment to bosses at the Heritage Park Hotel in the Rhondda Valley, Wales, but her complaint was not investigated.
When the hotel reopened in August, Miss Dimond, who was placed on furlough in April 2020 due to the pandemic, was told there were no hours for her even though other waitresses returned to work.
She was also removed from the employee WhatsApp group which was used for allocating shifts.
Chloe Dimond, 17, who was working part-time at the Heritage Park Hotel (pictured) while studying at college, was left feeling ’embarrassed and uncomfortable’ by his question, an employment tribunal heard
She complained about the inappropriate comment to bosses at the Heritage Park Hotel (above) in the Rhondda Valley, Wales, but her complaint was not investigated
The tribunal at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court has ruled she was the victim of sexual harassment and ordered the hotel to pay her £18,409.
Miss Dimond started work at the hotel, where an executive suite room can cost £200 a night, near Pontypridd in July 2019 in what was her first job.
While working a shift in the restaurant in March 2020, she entered the kitchen where a conversation of a sexual nature was taking place between some of her colleagues.
The head chef, who was not identified in the proceedings, asked her: ‘Would you do it for money?’
Miss Dimond was ‘immediately embarrassed and uncomfortable’ by this comment and answered ‘no’.
She complained to the hotel, which describes itself as the ‘perfect choice for business conferences, romantic retreats and weekends away’, the next day but received no reply.
The tribunal at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court (pictured) has ruled she was the victim of sexual harassment and ordered the hotel to pay her £18,409
Miss Dimond was left ‘confused’ about what to do after the company did not take any action following her complaint.
She said that she felt let down by the hotel, which is owned by MKK Hotels, as she has since lost her confidence and finds it difficult to trust managers and others in authority.
Miss Dimond added she is worried it is going to happen to her again at work and had asked her manager not to work with the head chef again.
Employment Judge Claire Ward said of the chef’s remark: ‘This was clearly unwanted conduct.
‘It was of a sexual nature and had the purpose and had the effect of violating Miss Dimond’s dignity and creating an intimidating environment for Miss Dimond to the extent that she did not want to work with him again.’
Miss Dimond’s £18,409 award included £5877.30 in compensation, £8,000 for injury to her feelings and interest.