Plexus Law is investigating two members of staff following accusations of sexual harassment at the office Christmas party.
Last week the insurance firm held its Manchester office party at the Malmaison hotel for 50-60 staff. The festive celebrations took a lewd turn as over a dozen female staff "were groped and/or sexually harassed repeatedly at the party", according to an attendee. They said the number of gropers numbered ten.
"There was unwanted sexual touching of a woman’s breasts, unwanted sexual touching of a number of women’s buttocks, unwanted kissing of their necks" and "other body parts" said another attendee. The shocked staffer also said they witnessed "men grabbing some women” and "rubbing their chests up and down the women’s breasts."
Numerous unsavoury comments were made at the event, appalled staff alleged. One female staff member had her buttocks grabbed while a leering male colleague exclaimed, “I want to fuck you”, claimed a source.
Another female member of staff was allegedly asked “how do you like to be fucked?” An older, married male colleague allegedly muttered "the things I could do to you" to a junior female member of staff, half his age. Other female staff were asked where they were staying the night and if they wanted company, said a source.
Spot the gropers.
“We can confirm that we have received a complaint relating to the behaviour of two individuals, which we are actively investigating" a spokesman for Plexus Law told RollOnFriday. "We take any allegations of this nature extremely seriously and we are taking all appropriate action".
Plexus has charged staff to attend the office Christmas party in previous years, but presumably female staff won’t wish to attend future parties even if they’re paid.