A FORMER naval captain turned solicitor told of his hell at being falsely accused of making sexist remarks.
Captain Ibrahim Nadim, a former British Merchant mariner, was cleared by a tribunal of making comments about two former female staff at his Birkenhead-based legal practice, Nadim Associates.
Employment judge Vincent Ryan struck out lawyer Kate Welch’s sexual harassment claim as “opportunistic”.
And he said lewd comments purportedly said of former conveyancing solicitor Jenny Conroy “did not take place”.
Capt Nadim told the Wirral News he was now considering taking the matter to police.
Flanked by his wife Pauline, Capt Nadim said: “This has been an enormous stress on both our lives. It shows that employers should not give in to malicious accusations.”
Capt Nadim was alleged to have told Mrs Welch after she had been injured in car crash: “You have all the traits of a blonde.” And he was supposed to have described a clerk suspected of having an ectopic pregnancy as “pretending”.
But Liverpool employment tribunal said the comments were not made and had been used as “ammo” by Ms Welch after she was dismissed from the firm for failing to attend a probation meeting.
Judge Ryan said: “We find that various comments made at various times have been conflated, misconstrued and given negative connotations by Ms Welch and Mr Parry because of disagreements with Capt Nadim as to the running of the business.”
Ms Welch was ordered to pay £1,000 in costs to Capt Nadim. No costs were awarded against Ms Conroy, who brought her claim after being told by Ms Welch of the alleged insult.