Christian retreat ordered to pay 43,000 to Sadia Raza for bullying

'Is that how they run hotels in Pakistan' Bullying Christian retreat manager to pay 43,000 to Asian former housekeeper
Single mother Sadia Raza, 49, was bullied by manager Graham HollandHe said if he dropped a cheescake 'Sadia will lick it up off the floor'Tribunal rules the single mother, who earned 93 a week, was victimisedShe says Mr Holland's behaviour was 'hardly Christian-like'

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Abuse: Mrs Raza, 49, was victimised and unfairly dismissed from Whirlow Grange, in Sheffield, the tribunal ruled

Abuse: Mrs Raza, 49, was victimised and unfairly dismissed from Whirlow Grange, in Sheffield, the tribunal ruled

She was hauled before a disciplinary meeting and two months later sacked for gross misconduct – over allegations that she sexually harassed four men at the centre.

Abuse: Married father-of-three Graham Holland who made crude remarks about his motorbike

Abuse: Married father-of-three Graham Holland who made crude remarks about his motorbike

Management claimed she pinched the bottoms of the male employees, cuddled and flirted with them, even suggested to one man that they go up to his flat.

But none of these witnesses were produced at the Sheffield tribunal and Employment Judge Philip Rostant said 'the tribunal draws an inference that the allegations are not true in their substance or at any rate amount to gross exaggerations of the experience of these men with the claimant.'

Whirlow Grange and Mr Holland, who lived in Chesterfield, claimed Mrs Raza 'conducted a number of acts of
gross misconduct' involving sexually harassing the head chef and bar
supervisor and was sacked after a 'reasonable' internal investigation.

The tribunal ruled several other claims made by Mrs Raza were 'outlandish' and that she could be 'irritating' towards Mr Holland on occasions.

But Mr Rostant said she had suffered 'appallingly unfair treatment' during the disciplinary procedure and the panel accepted she was 'upset and humiliated' by Mr Holland's behaviour.

After winning compensation the single mother who is divorced and has a 17-year-old son said: 'Mr Holland told other staff he was a born Christian but his behaviour towards me was hardly Christian-like.'

Mrs Raza, from Sheffield, a British Asian who came to the United Kingdom 18 years ago, had worked in a Citizen's Advice Bureau, for a letting agent and as a cleaner before taking the job at Whirlow Grange in November, 2009.

Christian centre: The Archbishops of York and Canterbury have stayed at Whirlow Grange in the past

Christian centre: The Archbishops of York and Canterbury have stayed at Whirlow Grange in the past

She earned just 93 a week in her job which involved cleaning, helping in the kitchen and general household duties.

Since she was sacked she has lived on 71 a week Job Seekers Allowance and has suffered ill health which requires her to see a psychiatrist once a month.

She claims her former 'sunny disposition' was wrecked after her dismissal and blames Mr Holland, who left Whirlow Grange in September last year, for her plight.

Her doctor says she is suffering from 'enormous stress' and is currently unfit for work. She is practically penniless and still has a mortgage and bills to pay and represented herself at the tribunal after running up legal bills of 2,500.

She said: 'I was accused of flirting with everybody from the chef to the gardener. It was all rubbish just to fabricate a claim of sexual harassment against me.

'In the beginning I thought Graham Holland was a good person. Then he started bullying me to the point where I used to cry at work. He barked at me like a bulldog and swore at me for no reason.

'He treated me like a piece of dog dirt. He didn't speak to any other member of staff like that. I think he did it because of my race. He couldn't stand me for some reason and made my life hell.'

A spokesman for Whirlow Grange has not yet responded to a request for comment.