Mike Hill: Former Hartlepool MP sexually assaulted and victimised worker

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image captionFormer Hartlepool MP Mike Hill resigned successful March

A erstwhile Labour MP sexually assaulted, harassed and victimised a parliamentary worker, a tribunal has found.

Ex-Hartlepool MP Mike Hill rubbed himself against the woman, known arsenic Ms A, and attempted to interaction her breasts, it accepted.

The cardinal London employment tribunal upheld claims of "detrimental treatment" implicit a 16-month period.

Its judgement said "spiteful oregon retaliatory" acts followed the woman's rejection of Mr Hill's intersexual advances.

Judge Joffe recovered Mr Hill had, connected 2 occasions, got into furniture with Ms A, rubbed his erection against her and attempted to fondle her breasts.

He had besides sexually assaulted Ms A by rubbing his penis against her bottom.

Threatened with dismissal

The tribunal heard Mr Hill told the claimant helium loved her and begged her to enactment for him.

But it recovered examples of his detrimental attraction of her aft she had rejected his unwanted advances.

These included extending her play of probation, failing to springiness her a promised wage emergence and deactivating her information pass.

Mr Hill "held implicit the claimant's caput that she was precise adjacent to dismissal", the tribunal's reserved judgement said.

He besides influenced a staffing reappraisal which threatened her with redundancy.

Mr Hill continued to property for a intersexual narration aft Ms A made wide his attentions were not invited and she threatened to instrumentality ineligible proposal astir them, the tribunal found.

It mostly accepted Ms A's mentation of events implicit Mr Hill's, but did not uphold her complaints concerning disablement favoritism and whistleblowing.

A remedy proceeding to find immoderate compensation volition beryllium held successful November.

image captionAn autarkic reappraisal recovered Mike Hill breached Parliament's intersexual misconduct policy

It upheld 2 complaints relating to intersexual misconduct but recovered a 3rd allegation, of workplace victimisation and discrimination, unproven.

Chairman Sir Stephen Irwin said, if Mr Hill had remained a subordinate of Parliament, "a important authorisation would person been nether consideration".

Mr Hill was notified of the panel's findings connected 5 March and resigned connected 16 March.

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