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Tuesday, 18 June, 2002, 19:10 GMT 20:10 UK
Former Prince's Trust director 'slapped'
Dee Narga
Dee Narga decided to resign from the Trust
A former Prince's Trust director has told a tribunal how she was slapped on the bottom by a male colleague.

Dee Narga, 34, from Birmingham is seeking 70,000 compensation from the Trust and alleges sexual discrimination and unfair constructive dismissal.

Miss Narga, a divisional director of the volunteers programme in Birmingham, had joined the trust in March 1998.

She told the employment tribunal, in central London, that she was slapped on the bottom by John Greenshaw, an executive working in the trust's north-east region.


I went to walk away and felt my bottom being slapped sharply

Dee Narga

The incident is alleged to have taken place during a break in a meeting that was taking place in Manchester in July 2001.

She said: "During the break I walked out of the room to get some fresh air and stretch my legs.

Late apology

"I heard the voice of Mr Greenshaw behind me.

"A brief conversation was had about the usefulness of the workshop and on a lighter note we shared some views about the lack of usefulness of some individuals.

"I went to walk away and felt my bottom being slapped sharply.

"I immediately looked at him in the eyes. I was so shocked and unable to reprimand him and walked down the corridor".

Although Mr Greenshaw apologised it came too late, she said.

Miss Narga later resigned because of "a lack of response (from the trust) to her claim", the tribunal heard.

Words stuck

She said that response included being threatened by the trust's chief executive Tom Shebbeare after she sent him a letter of complaint.

Following her letter to him on 14 September Mr Shebbeare left a message on Miss Narga's mobile phone, saying he wanted to talk to her about the letter because he "did not want things to get out of hand to your detriment".

Miss Narga said the words stuck with her.

"I took it to mean parting company. I thought the trust decided I had to go," she said.

But William Garnett, for the trust, said that Miss Narga had applied for the post of deputy chief executive of the trust and the words "your detriment" reflected a concern that a complaints procedure would disrupt the application.


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