Page last updated at 03:25 GMT, Thursday, 16 July 2009 04:25 UK

Prison officer 'was too pretty'

Amitjo Kajla
Miss Kajla's assertiveness was questioned at the hearing

A former prison officer was forced out of her job after being bullied because she was pretty, a tribunal has heard.

Amitjo Kajla, 22, is claiming constructive dismissal after leaving her job in Brinsford Young Offenders' Institution near Wolverhampton.

However former colleagues questioned her behaviour with male inmates and suggested she chose to reject advice about the dress code.

It was also alleged many inmates knew where she lived.

Lee Hastings, who worked with Miss Kajla, said: "I heard that her personal address and the area in which she lived was, shall we say, common knowledge amongst the inmates."

Miss Kajla claims she was effectively sacked by Brinsford in April last year following a blemish-free spell working at Shrewsbury prison.

'Shouted aggressively'

Stephen Roberts, for Miss Kajla, accused Mr Hastings of shouting aggressively at his client in an incident where she had simply followed an order.

He further accused Mr Hastings of becoming annoyed when Miss Kajla lodged a complaint of bullying against him.

Miss Kajla would go and talk to the lads. She lacked boundaries and assertiveness with the prisoners
Philippa Maddox

Mr Hastings said he did not mean to upset Miss Kajla, adding he was concerned about security breaches at the prison, which houses male young offenders.

Philippa Maddox, a prison officer who took induction with Miss Kajla, said the 27-year-old did not follow advice regarding hair and make-up and claimed the uniform she wore was "snugly fitted".

She said: "Miss Kajla would go and talk to the lads. She lacked boundaries and assertiveness with the prisoners."

Michael Doolan, a senior prison officer at Brinsford, said one inmate told Miss Kajla: "I wouldn't mind taking you back to my cell". He alleged that she did not respond to the comment.

He added: "Although there were issues with her lack [of] assertiveness, I believed she would improve with more experience."

The hearing continues.

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