Sex discrimination claims against Stephen Terry's top Gwent restaurant, The Hardwick are thrown out

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THE star TV chef who was cleared of sex discrimination against a former employee at a tribunal said “the right decision” had been made.

Stephen Terry, who runs The Hardwick in Abergavenny, was cleared of 21 counts made by Chloe Maisey, 19, from Pontyclun, at a hearing at Caradog House in Cardiff today.

Miss Maisey, a former pastry chef, alleged that she had fish guts thrown at her, her keys taken and vacuum packed and taped to a wall where she could not reach them and that a chef had threatened to kill her.

After the hearing, Mr Terry, 47, said: “We’re very pleased to accept the tribunal’s findings and their conclusion. It is the right decision. This has been a very disruptive to our work life and family life.”

The tribunal's panel, chaired by Roger Harper, found Miss Maisey had either “lied or wildly embellished evidence to bolster up her claim” and that she had made no record of the alleged incidents.

Mr Harper said she had never followed up any of her claims, such as being burned with a hot tray or sprayed with a hot water hose, with a more senior member of staff or recorded them in the kitchen’s accident book.

And the tribunal heard that on leaving the restaurant after 11 weeks' employment Miss Maisey wrote a letter to Mr Terry thanking him.

She wrote: “Thank you for the amazing experience you have given me but unfortunately I will be leaving due to long hours and issues at home. I have had a very enjoyable time working for you and look forward to meeting you in the future.”

Mr Harper said the panel was “impressed with the professionalism of (the) kitchen staff”. The Hardwick was named best in Wales for the second year running by the National Restaurant Awards last October.

On one of the few events where Miss Maisey gave a date for alleged sex discrimination, the tribunal found she moved the incident forward a few weeks in an attempt to strengthen her claim.

A chef, Andrew Fellows, joked to Miss Maisey that he was cooking a chocolate sauce that had gone off and that she should try it so she would know what a similar one would taste like in the future. It was actually beef fat and Miss Maisey, a vegetarian, ate the sauce.

The tribunal found it was “an unpleasant prank” but that it had nothing to do with her gender and was not discriminatory.

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1:13pm Fri 2 May 14

Ollie254 says...

I hope she is paying her own legal bill.
I hope she is paying her own legal bill. Ollie254
  • Score: 28

1:41pm Fri 2 May 14

Floppy backed says...

Silly girl - I expect she'll be struggling to find work now. What person takes someone to court over such nonsense, quite scary really that an employee could be so naive - possibly fuelled by someone whose told her she could get thousands in compo???? To have a mother phone her employer to say she's not coming in - sayes it all really.

These kind of cases can seriously damage a business and once again more evidence on why not employ a young woman (a female myself). And on the other hand why cant you have a laugh and chuckle at work come on we have all been up to no good, teasing, tomfoolery -you take this out of a work environment then its a miserable existence.

Havent courts got better things to do? Havent business owners got a business to run - more additional stress for hardworking employers who have to endure the law being on the side of the employee these days.

Thank goodness common sense chucked this out before it was dragged out for months.
Silly girl - I expect she'll be struggling to find work now. What person takes someone to court over such nonsense, quite scary really that an employee could be so naive - possibly fuelled by someone whose told her she could get thousands in compo???? To have a mother phone her employer to say she's not coming in - sayes it all really. These kind of cases can seriously damage a business and once again more evidence on why not employ a young woman (a female myself). And on the other hand why cant you have a laugh and chuckle at work come on we have all been up to no good, teasing, tomfoolery -you take this out of a work environment then its a miserable existence. Havent courts got better things to do? Havent business owners got a business to run - more additional stress for hardworking employers who have to endure the law being on the side of the employee these days. Thank goodness common sense chucked this out before it was dragged out for months. Floppy backed
  • Score: 23

3:07pm Fri 2 May 14

the3feathers says...

He should be lucky this was just a tribunal and the police werent involved. harassment claims are one of the few areas where hearsay evidence is taken at face value and reside in a murky area where intent has nothing to do with it and its based entirely on how the 'victim feels'. Because of this loophole the police and cps have a disgusting habit of encouraging 'victims' often with an axe to grind to take cases to court where theyre almost guaranteed victory against completely innocent people, something which is being completely exploited by attention seekers and spineless politicians looking to quash critical dissent to ruin peoples lives. if she had made a harassment complaint with the south wales police I can guarantee they would have jumped at the chance to get their names in the paper claiming another 'sexual harassment' scalp, meanwhile repeat peadophiles and career thieves get cushty sentences and 'let of the hook' to reoffend again...
He should be lucky this was just a tribunal and the police werent involved. harassment claims are one of the few areas where hearsay evidence is taken at face value and reside in a murky area where intent has nothing to do with it and its based entirely on how the 'victim feels'. Because of this loophole the police and cps have a disgusting habit of encouraging 'victims' often with an axe to grind to take cases to court where theyre almost guaranteed victory against completely innocent people, something which is being completely exploited by attention seekers and spineless politicians looking to quash critical dissent to ruin peoples lives. if she had made a harassment complaint with the south wales police I can guarantee they would have jumped at the chance to get their names in the paper claiming another 'sexual harassment' scalp, meanwhile repeat peadophiles and career thieves get cushty sentences and 'let of the hook' to reoffend again... the3feathers
  • Score: 10

3:47pm Fri 2 May 14

wbaber339@btinternet.com says...

Ollie254 wrote:
I hope she is paying her own legal bill.
Cruising through college, finds real world tougher.
Idea! lets sulk and if asked to do days work, in a day not a week, lets jump on the old sexist band waggon.
If they called her blue eyes / blondy etc, she could allege racisism, getting some human rights lawyer to take her case. Cherie Blair maybe ?.
1st choice gone for a burton, judge jailed overChris Hume affair.
[quote][p][bold]Ollie254[/bold] wrote: I hope she is paying her own legal bill.[/p][/quote]Cruising through college, finds real world tougher. Idea! lets sulk and if asked to do days work, in a day not a week, lets jump on the old sexist band waggon. If they called her blue eyes / blondy etc, she could allege racisism, getting some human rights lawyer to take her case. Cherie Blair maybe ?. 1st choice gone for a burton, judge jailed overChris Hume affair. wbaber339@btinternet.com
  • Score: 4

3:57pm Fri 2 May 14

wbaber339@btinternet.com says...

Bill the saxon
Life in real world is not like college, where perhaps tutors have political agendas or are just in for easy ride .
Listen darlings, if someone shouts at you, sue them, get on compensation gravy train.
Top Chefs get Top Money. WHY?, They earn it.
Maybe Max Clifford can help you sell story or get advice from jailed Judge.
Bill the saxon Life in real world is not like college, where perhaps tutors have political agendas or are just in for easy ride . Listen darlings, if someone shouts at you, sue them, get on compensation gravy train. Top Chefs get Top Money. WHY?, They earn it. Maybe Max Clifford can help you sell story or get advice from jailed Judge. wbaber339@btinternet.com
  • Score: -4

4:59pm Fri 2 May 14

Woodgnome says...

Hang on, they admitted some of the "pranks" which were pretty pathetic behaviour even though found not to be sex discrimination. If I was the proprietor I would telling the staff that the pranks were not acceptable behaviour in any event.
Hang on, they admitted some of the "pranks" which were pretty pathetic behaviour even though found not to be sex discrimination. If I was the proprietor I would telling the staff that the pranks were not acceptable behaviour in any event. Woodgnome
  • Score: -3

6:14pm Fri 2 May 14

BernardCCC says...

Woodgnome wrote:
Hang on, they admitted some of the "pranks" which were pretty pathetic behaviour even though found not to be sex discrimination. If I was the proprietor I would telling the staff that the pranks were not acceptable behaviour in any event.
Agree.
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Hang on, they admitted some of the "pranks" which were pretty pathetic behaviour even though found not to be sex discrimination. If I was the proprietor I would telling the staff that the pranks were not acceptable behaviour in any event.[/p][/quote]Agree. BernardCCC
  • Score: 3

7:51pm Fri 2 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Although false claims do get made from time to time it is important to remember that both sex and gender discrimination and also harassment are still quite common in the workplace. I mean, who amongst us hasn't been groped or paid less for doing exactly the same work as our male/cisgendered colleagues? I'm willing to bet there are plenty of blokes who've been sexually harassed too. Unfortunately, we still live in a sexist culture where many workers feel forced to put up with bad treatment - largely because of the power relationship between employer and employee. Many don't come forward because they are convinced they will not be believed. Sadly, false claims of sexual harassment and discrimination make it all the more difficult for genuine victims to pursue redress.
Although false claims do get made from time to time it is important to remember that both sex and gender discrimination and also harassment are still quite common in the workplace. I mean, who amongst us hasn't been groped or paid less for doing exactly the same work as our male/cisgendered colleagues? I'm willing to bet there are plenty of blokes who've been sexually harassed too. Unfortunately, we still live in a sexist culture where many workers feel forced to put up with bad treatment - largely because of the power relationship between employer and employee. Many don't come forward because they are convinced they will not be believed. Sadly, false claims of sexual harassment and discrimination make it all the more difficult for genuine victims to pursue redress. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -2

9:42am Sat 3 May 14

inkyskin says...

glad this got thrown out, some people need to have a sense of humour installed! work placed banter and japes make the day fun!
glad this got thrown out, some people need to have a sense of humour installed! work placed banter and japes make the day fun! inkyskin
  • Score: 4

10:11am Sat 3 May 14

Woodgnome says...

inkyskin wrote:
glad this got thrown out, some people need to have a sense of humour installed! work placed banter and japes make the day fun!
I'm all for banter if everyone enjoys it but not if the victim is made miserable. I think making a veggie eat meat is pretty childish and mean. Sounds to me very much as if it's wasn't banter enjoyed by all but by men who ought to grow up picking on a girl they didn't like..
[quote][p][bold]inkyskin[/bold] wrote: glad this got thrown out, some people need to have a sense of humour installed! work placed banter and japes make the day fun![/p][/quote]I'm all for banter if everyone enjoys it but not if the victim is made miserable. I think making a veggie eat meat is pretty childish and mean. Sounds to me very much as if it's wasn't banter enjoyed by all but by men who ought to grow up picking on a girl they didn't like.. Woodgnome
  • Score: -2

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