A British woman suing her former company for sex discrimination and wrongful termination has told an employment tribunal about the goings-on at the workplace, including how her boss chased a female colleague around their office before spanking her across his knee. Angelina Ashby, 40, (pictured) said Peter Smith, who was the sales manager at the marine supplies firm where they all worked, sat female staff on his knee and looked at sex toys and blow up dolls on the Internet.
[Angelina] also claimed she was ostracised by her colleagues and excluded from normal office banter. Miss Ashby, who began working for the firm in June 2003 as a sales executive, said problems began in September 2006 when Mr Smith became her sales manager. She said: “I was subjected to a continuous course of mistreatment. A few days after my formal grievance was submitted Laura Holland, a sales administrator was chased round the office by Pete Smith, who then proceeded to put her over his knee and spank her.” She added: “Peter Smith would often make me feel uncomfortable. On one occasion he took his time to view sex toys, such as blow up dolls on the internet. He was more than aware I could see his screen as I sat directly behind and seemed to take his time viewing the website.” She went on: “Pete Smith also used to sit female staff on his knee and stroke their hair and he would stand behind their chairs to do the same. I found it disconcerting and uncomfortable.” Mr Ashby also alleged that Mr Smith had “successfully encouraged” female staff to feel his genitals.Sounds like a day at Bishop Eddie Long's church, but we digress. The marine supplies company has denied the allegations.