Secretary mocked for ‘Love Island scum’ wins sexual harassment case after boss says she was ‘pretty’

Secretary mocked for ‘Love Island scum’ wins sexual harassment case after boss says she was ‘pretty’

A SECRETARY who was mocked for looking like a “Love Island reject” has won a sexual harassment case against her boss.

Family law expert Marcus Hall told Megan Bratt she looked “beautiful” at work before asking her “Am I allowed to say that?”, a hearing has heard.

Megan Bratt mocked for ‘Love Island reject’ appearanceCredits: Facebook
Family law expert Marcus Hall told her she looked ‘pretty’ at workCredits: jgqc.co.uk/

The employment tribunal found that the remark was sexual in nature and created an “intimidating” environment for Ms Bratt, who said she felt “violated”.

She told him he had to be “careful”, referring to former Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood.

Charges against Greenwood were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service in February 2023.

The court heard that during the six weeks of his employment, senior partner Mr Hall discussed how his former girlfriend had cheated on him with a much younger police officer.

He also had dating sites featuring women in lingerie on his device at work.

The legal secretary was criticised by her female colleagues for looking like a “Love Island reject” and dressing to the office as if she was “on a night out”.

She is now eligible for compensation after successfully filing a sexual harassment lawsuit.

The hearing was told that Miss Bratt started work at Mr Hall’s practice, JGQC, in Lincoln on 4 January 2022.

But a few weeks later, she began complaining about comments the then 60-year-old man made to her, which she said made her “very uncomfortable.”

The court heard Mr Hall told her he was single and “gave graphic details about his ex-partner”.

Miss Bratt – who was told at the hearing had had plastic surgery – also accused him of standing close to her and making comments about her appearance.

She resigned on February 21, saying she did not feel “safe” at work.

The tribunal found that the handling of the grievance had not been fair because colleagues who had worked with Mr Hall for more than 30 years had failed to take his complaints seriously.

The company claimed in court that Mr Hall’s behaviour was an “office joke” and that Ms Bratt had complained because she was making mistakes at work.

The jury upheld her claim of sexual harassment based on a number of incidents she complained about.

The court said that although Miss Bratt believed that Mr Hall’s telling her she was beautiful was in itself “undesirable conduct”, it did not contravene employment laws.

However, she concluded that it was one of a number of incidents that constituted “unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature”.

Miss Bratt’s compensation will be decided at a later date.

Legal secretary criticised by female colleaguesCredits: Facebook
She is now entitled to compensation after successfully filing a sexual harassment lawsuitCredits: Facebook