IT employee sues boss after mistaking his initials for lewd reference, email abbreviations for sexual advances
A tech worker in England tried to sue her former boss after apparently believing email abbreviations he used, comparable to “xx” and “???,” have been codes asking for a sexual relationship.
Karina Gasparova, an IT employee at “paperless global trade management” firm essDOCS, filed a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit in opposition to her boss Alexander Goulandris outlining alleged misbehavior relationship again to 2019, in line with the Independent. A choose threw the case out after an employment tribunal at London Central Court heard Gasparova’s claims.
The IT employee claimed that Goulandris’ use of “xx” in emails to her have been makes an attempt to kiss her, “yy” was code for sexual contact and “???” was coded language inquiring “when she would be ready” to interact in a sexual relationship.
Gasparova, who represented herself, pointed to an email as proof of her claims, arguing it confirmed Goulandris’ alleged want to “engage in sexual acts.”
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“Can you please complete the following: The solution us currently used by xx Agris companies and yy Barge lines in corn cargoes in south-north flows in the ???? waterways,” Goulandris wrote within the email to Gasparova, in line with the BBC, citing proof that was heard in courtroom. “Also, can you remind me of what the balance of the rollout will be and the approx. timing. Thanks.”
The tribunal said the email was a “genuine request for information” and didn’t insinuate Goulandris needed a sexual relationship.
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Gasparova moreover claimed that when Goulandris modified a file identify to his initials “AJG,” the acronym truly stood for “A Jumbo Genital” and that he touched her hand in the future whereas reaching for a pc mouse. She additionally argued that Goulandris used “an alluring voice” to inform her to “have a nice evening,” and that he “stared at her” and allegedly touched her leg below a desk throughout an incident in November 2019.
The tribunal dominated that the 2019 incident was “innocuous” and unintended. The judge threw the case out and dominated Gasparova “skewed perception of everyday events” and “demonstrated a tendency to make extraordinary allegations without evidence,” in line with the BBC.
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Gasparova informed the tribunal that she informed firm higher-ups that Goulandris handled her poorly as a result of she “rejected his advances.”
Gasparova, who was employed on the firm in 2019, filed a proper grievance letter in April 2021 in opposition to Goulandris over the alleged incidents. She resigned after the criticism was rejected, in line with the outlet.
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Gasparova was ordered to pay £5,000, roughly $6,200, to essDOCS to cowl prices.