Hotel manager accused of harassing co-worker

A woman has accused a hotel manager of sexually harassing her by hugging and touching her. The Emirati woman and the manager work at the same hotel. The manager faced a molestation charge in the Court of First Instance.

By Marie Nammour

Published: Fri 31 Aug 2012, 9:11 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:05 PM

The 28-year-old woman alleged that the incident happened in April while she was at work.

She claimed that the 40-year-old Egyptian manager met her in the corridor and initiated a talk with her about work.

She said she was taken by surprise when the defendant grabbed her by her right shoulder and pulled her closer and hugged her.

As he tried to pull her closer, she tried hard to keep him away. He also made some comments which made her very angry.

She soon stepped away from him expressing her anger loudly and headed to her office.

The defendant then called out her name and asked her to go to his office which was close to hers. When she went there, he again passed some personal comments and when he realised that she was getting angry, he changed the topic. She left his office, but he followed her and tried to joke with her. She ignored him and he said he was sorry and allegedly asked her for forgiveness.

A co-worker, a 35-year-old Egyptian, said in the investigation that he had seen the defendant touching the complainant’s shoulder that day. He could not see more because the door closed by itself.

About an hour later, the complainant told him that the defendant had touched and hugged her. He added that the lady was crying and that she looked pale and unwell.

The public prosecution has enclosed to the case file the CCTV footage showing the two in the corridor that day.

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