Durham lie detector test proves sexual harassment
A Durham lie detector test proves sexual harassment when our client Helen came to us saying a work colleague had harassed her at work. Here is Helen’s story and how Eye Detect Test UK got her the truth and evidence to get the justice she deserved.
Helen started working at a new accountancy firm in Durham after lockdown. She had been with her old company for eight years and had never received the promotion she felt she deserved. So, when she saw a local advert for a senior chartered accountant, she decided to go for the role. Fast forward to three weeks after her interview, and the job was offered to her.
Harassment at work
Helen was over the moon to finally have a more senior role with more responsibility and a salary that she had worked hard to achieve. She recalls how she quickly settled into the new company and got on well with her colleagues. However, eight months into her new job, her boss’s son became a partner in the family-owned company.
The son, Henry, immediately tried to hit on Helen. She was a single younger lady and Henry seemed to think it was fun to flirt with her. She brushed off his flirty remarks and tried to laugh it off at first. But one evening she had to stay late in the office to catch up on an important account. Henry was the only other person who decided to stay late, and he forced himself on her that night. She recalls how he forced a kiss on her, and put his hand up her skirt. She pushed him off and told him to stop it, to which he said “Don’t pretend you don’t want it, you dirty tart”.
Time for a lie detector test
Helen immediately left the office in floods of tears, upset and confused as to what had just happened to her. She didn’t know who to turn to for help or advise, so started to look online at advice. She went to HR the next day to formally register a sexual harassment complaint, to which the company agreed they would investigate. Scared that no one would believe her because of Henry’s importance in the firm, she decided to book a lie detector test. Helen had read online about how a lie detector test in a case like hers could aid her claims. A lady from HR agreed to join her at our Darlington office, where Helen booked a combined eye detect and polygraph test.
The results, of course, showed Helen was telling the truth about the incident with Henry. The lady from HR comforted Helen and agreed they would file the case and proceed with a legal claim against Henry. Henry was immediately suspended and the company thanked Eye Detect Test UK for their professionalism and help in this matter. They have now offered Helen full support with a private counsellor whilst she waits for her legal claim and police claim to go through.