Charity’s £75k pay out after founder’s campaign of harassment

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​Charity must pay traumatised employee £75k

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26th September 2016 by Graham Martin 1 Comment

A charity has been ordered to pay a former employee almost £75,000 in damages following a “calculated and premeditated” campaign of harassment.

An employment tribunal has heard how Ali Khan, 56, left his female victim suffering post-traumatic stress disorder – and how he threatened to reveal intimate details about her.

Mr Khan is the founder of the Glasgow-based Roshni charity, which was set up to help protect vulnerable adults and children within ethnic minority communities from abuse.

The tribunal’s judgement reported that Mr Khan attempted to turn the employee's family against her and threatened to turn up at her mother’s house to reveal an alleged affair between them.

Roshni does not agree with the ultimate conclusions of the tribunal

His victim had to have an emergency police telephone line installed in her house, the report said. It also alleged the charity did nothing to stop the abuse.

According to the tribunal’s report, the relationship between Mr Khan and the employee turned sour when she rejected the father of two’s advances.

Mr Khan reduced her working hours and gave her a final written warning, but he refused to let her leave her job with the charity.

He then carried out a campaign of verbal and physical abuse against her, including making “sexually explicit remarks”.

Mr Khan also threatened to “post a video of them online”, disclose intimate details of her private life, and isolate her in the community to “damage her prospects”, the report said.

He allegedly also made threats of violence to her family and threatened to call her mother and tell her they were having an affair.

A clinical psychologist who later treated the victim said she has been left with major depressive order and post-traumatic stress disorder, the tribunal heard.

Roshni has been ordered to carry out urgent retraining of its staff, with particular emphasis on “sexual and religious” harassment.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “Roshni does not agree with the ultimate conclusions of the tribunal and would have appealed against it, had it had the resources to do that.

“As well as dealing with the legal elements of this case we have had to consider cultural and wider relationship issues which have clearly had a wider impact than the employer/employee relationship.

“In retrospect the case was not as well defended as it ought to have been. Two members of Roshni staff had a relationship which ultimately led to an employment tribunal.

“At no time were the trustees aware of this.”

30th September 2016 by Maxxmacc

I hope the charity's funders are aware of this situation and act accordingly.