A personal assistant was pestered for sex and asked to organise orgies by diplomats at the Qatari embassy in London, an employment tribunal heard.
Deanne Kingson, 58, was driven to the brink of suicide by a ‘spiteful and vindictive’ campaign of sexual and religious discrimination at the Gulf state’s headquarters in Mayfair.
Mrs Kingson – who has now been awarded a £390,000 compensation payout – was targeted by senior staff because she was not a Muslim and was seen as being ‘liable or willing to engage in sexual conduct with male employees’, the London tribunal heard.
Deanne Kingson, 58, worked as a personal assistant at the Qatari embassy in London between 2006 and 2014. She has received a £390,000 pay out after being fired from her role
Executive ambassador Fahed Al-Mushairi was so desperate to take Mrs Kingson to bed, the tribunal heard, that he regularly invited her to chew khat – an Arabian plant and stimulant – at his penthouse flat in the hope she would become sexually aroused.
He made ‘persistent’ sexual advances towards her, including making humiliating and degrading sexual suggestions.
When she refused his demands, Al-Mushairi turned his attentions towards Mrs Kingson’s 19-year-old daughter, the tribunal was told.
On one occasion, he spoke to the teenager ‘in a sleazy way’, wrapping his gown around her and asking her mother to take a photo.
Over four years, Al-Mushairi badgered Mrs Kingson about taking her daughter on shopping trips to Paris to ‘buy her anything she wanted’ and even suggested he marry the teenager so they could have sex without breaching strict Islamic law.
The outside of the Qatari embassy in London. The London employment tribunal heard how staff considered Ms Kingson to be 'liable or willing to engage in sexual contact with male employees' because