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Dubai salesman loses job after groping colleague

Filed on January 15, 2020 | Last updated on January 15, 2020 at 03.53 pm
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The incident took place on July 29, 2018. It was reported at Al Rashidiya police station.

A salesman lost his job at a clothing shop after a colleague accused him of sexually harassing her.

The 32-year-old Tunisian man is standing trial at the Dubai Court of First Instance, accused of groping a Filipina colleague twice at the shop where they work.

The incident took place on July 29, 2018. It was reported at Al Rashidiya police station.

The complainant, a 41-year-old, said that the incident happened at the end of her shift. "I was about to check out at the end of my shift when the defendant approached me, asking me whether I wanted him to do it again."

She ignored him thinking that he was not talking to her. "However, as I was walking out of the shop, he touched me inappropriately. I was so shocked that I was not able to talk or scream at him. I reported him the next day to the administration," she told the prosecutor.

During the public prosecution investigation, she said that the accused groped her twice in July that year at the shop.

A 36-year-old Filipina manager confirmed that the employee told her about the defendant's doings.

"I learned from her that the accused touched her inappropriately the first time around 4pm while she was standing near the cashier counter. She ignored that thinking it happened by mistake. However, he repeated what he did when that employee was busy speaking on the phone at the entrance at 5pm."

An internal probe was then conducted.

During prosecution investigation, a 30-year-old Filipino storekeeper said he saw the defendant touching the complainant the first time. "She told him then not to do it again. She told me the following day that he repeated it when she was leaving work. She said she would inform the administration."

A security recording capturing the incident was used as public prosecution evidence.

A ruling will be pronounced on January 29.

Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination...

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