2015年4月13日星期一

Dentist sacked nurse who turned down his advances after he tried to kiss her



  • Colin Cromie, 49, hired his stepson's girlfriend Xara Grogan, 29, as a dental nurse at his practice

  • He started flirting with her, shared sexist jokes and tried to kiss her

  • When she turned him down he became 'hostile' and forced her out of job

  • Miss Grogan has won a claim for constructive dismissal and sexual harassment, and was awarded £16,500 in compensation




A dentist forced a nurse out of his business after he tried to kiss her and she rejected his advances, a tribunal has found.


Colin Cromie hired his stepson's girlfriend Xara Grogan at his dental practice, then told her they were both with the wrong partner and offered to take her on holiday to Barcelona.


When she turned him down he became 'increasingly hostile' and started behaving aggressively towards her, forcing her to leave her job, a tribunal hearing was told.



Colin Cromie


Xara Grogan


Harassment: Dentist Colin Cromie, left, has been forced to compensate his former nurse Xara Grogan, right, after he tried to kiss her



The employment tribunal has now ruled that Miss Grogan, 29, was a victim of constructive dismissal, while her claims for sexual harassment and victimisation were partially successful.


Mr Cromie, 49, a former Army medic, employed Miss Grogan as a nurse at Petre Dental in Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire in October 2008.


At the time she was in a relationship with Paul Talbot, whose mother Diane Cromie was married to the dentist and worked as the manager of his practice. The couple had previously lived with Mr and Mrs Cromie.


The tribunal heard that when Miss Grogan was in an argument with Mr Talbot, her boss told her that both he and she were with the wrong partners, and tried to hug and kiss her.


He would also share 'sexist' jokes with her via text message and once offered to fly her to Barcelona, the hearing was told.


But when she turned down his advances, he became 'increasingly hostile' and treated her to 'extended silences and outbursts', according to the tribunal's ruling.


Among the incidents which Miss Grogan complained about were having to work in cold conditions, being told she would be 'out on her ear' if she joined a union and being warned she should 'know her place'.



Workplace: Mr Cromie hired Miss Grogan to work at Petre Dental, pictured, in Lancashire


Workplace: Mr Cromie hired Miss Grogan to work at Petre Dental, pictured, in Lancashire



She was then subjected to formal disciplinary procedures when she was blamed for a rift with another dental practice in the area.


Miss Grogan was asked to arrange emergency dental care with another surgery, Clough and Joshi, while Mr Cromie was away, but a nurse at the practice complained that she was rude and she was ordered to write a letter of apology.


However, the tribunal ruled that this incident was a 'storm in a teacup' which did not merit disciplinary action and could have been dealt with by Mr Cromie.


Miss Grogan resigned from Petre Court in September 2013, saying she was frustrated at not having her grievances answered.


Upholding part of her claim, judge Katherine Ross ruled that Mr Cromie had tried to kiss Miss Grogan even though he 'absolutely denied' the allegation.


She added: 'We find although there had been a high degree of familiarity between Mr Cromie and the claimant, based on her position in the extended family, their close working relationship and the sexual language which passed between them, attempting to kiss the claimant was an action which was physical and sexual and therefore different to anything which had gone before.'


Miss Grogan has been awarded compensation of £16,500 for her constructive dismissal and 'hurt feelings', as well as back pay she was owed.


Other claims of harassment and victimisation were rejected by the tribunal.


Miss Grogan wrote on Facebook that she had had 'a tough couple of years', adding that she was happy to have won 'a fair amount for compensation'.


Mr Cromie, a former major in the Royal Army Dental Corps, said after the verdict that Miss Grogan had only succeeded in two out of her six claims.











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