Police officer sued force after colleague called him 'Dolly Parton'

Police officer who sued force after colleague called him ‘Dolly Partonbecause he only worked nine to five loses sex harassment claim

  • PC Stephen Knox complained after Dolly Parton photos stuck all over his desk
  • Colleague also whistled Parton’s ‘nine to fivetune around their police station
  • He had permission to work the rota so he could provide care to disabled mother
  • His complaint over sex harassment thrown out by an employment tribunal panel
  • But he has been awarded £12,000 for victimisation and disability harassment
  • A police officer who sued his forced after a colleague called him多莉帕顿because he only worked nine to five has lost a sex harassment claim.

    PC Stephen Knox, PC在谋杀现场自拍后被指控行为不端, complained after the officer covered his desk in A4-sized photographs of the US country singer and continually whistled her hit song at their station.

    An employment tribunal heard PC Knox, a father-of-four, worked a specific 9am to 5pm rota to suit his childcare needs and to provide daily care for his elderly and disabled mother following the death of his father.

    The long-serving officer, who had an ‘unblemishedrecord for more than 13 年份, took his force to a tribunal following the ‘banterby his colleaguenamed only as PC Rylands at the hearing.

    But the claim of sexual harassment was thrown out by a tribunal panel as it was presented too late or without merit.

    然而, PC Knox has been awarded more than £12,000 for separate claims of victimisation and disability harassment.

    An employment tribunal panel heard how PC Knox was teased by PC Rylands between November 2016 和一月 2017 when the pairwho were friendswere based at Speke Police Station in Liverpool.

    PC Stephen Knox was teased by PC Rylands while the pair worked together at Speke Police Station (图为) between November 2016 和一月 2017

    PC Stephen Knox was teased by PC Rylands while the pair worked together at Speke Police Station (图为) between November 2016 和一月 2017

    PC Knox successfully applied to transfer to Huyton Police Station, 默西塞德郡, and was granted permission to work a strict 9am to 5pm rota in November 2016.

    A tribunal report, 星期二发表, 说过: ‘It struck [PC Rylands] as remarkable that PC Knox had been able to secure a nine to five shift pattern within the Target Team.

    ‘PC Rylands started teasing PC Knox good-naturedly, by making references to the famous Dolly Parton song, “9 To 5”.

    ‘He whistled the song in PC Knox’s presence and printed a picture of Dolly Parton to which he added the wordsnine to fiveand placed it on his workstation.

    The report said that PC Rylands was ‘pleasedfor his colleague and, ‘initially at leasthe was not challenged by PC Knox.

    But PC Knox said he would intentionally leave or not enter a room if he knew his colleague was in there.

    After moving to the Huyton office in January 2017, PC Knox felt out of place due to his work rota clashing with his colleaguesand his mental health deteriorated.

    下个月, he was signed off work on a lengthy period of sick leavelater being diagnosed with depression, 焦虑, and features of PTSD.

    During his period of leave, PC Knox made a series of allegations relating to discrimination.

    多莉帕顿 (图为), 76, wrote her '9 to 5' hit song for the 1980 comedy film of the same name and it was released as a single that year

    多莉帕顿 (图为), 76, wrote her ‘9 to 5hit song for the 1980 comedy film of the same name and it was released as a single that year

    在十月 2017, he said he received an ‘intimidatingemail threatening disciplinary procedures if he failed to attend his scheduled return to work date.

    The tribunal panel concluded that the email amounted to disability harassment because it made him ‘feel fearful for the future of his employment and severely distressed’.

    PC Knox also repeatedly requested backlogs of his work patterns, 电邮, and access to his work diaries during his leave, but said they were constantly delayed and he received ‘dismissiveemails about them.

    These incidents amounted to victimisation, the panel said.

    His other claims, including sexual harassment for the Dolly Parton incidents, were dismissed as they were presented too late or without merit.

    Parton, 76, wrote her ‘9 to 5hit song for the 1980 comedy film of the same name and it was released as a single that year.

    Merseyside Police accepted PC Rylands behaved as alleged, but he denied calling his colleague ‘Dolly Parton’.

    PC Knox was awarded £12,080 for his successful claims. He argued he should be awarded a total of £231,000.

    He appealed to have the £12,080 fee reconsidered, but the tribunal has now refused the application.