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Employment Law: Arab princess in Employment Tribunal for sexual harassment

A British bodyguard is taking his former employer, an Arab princess, to an Employment Tribunal over claims of sexual harassment.

The princess, who can only be identified as 'B' for legal reasons, was a heavy drinker and drug user, the Employment Tribunal was told.

The bodyguard, who can only be identified as 'A', was paid £100,000 for his 24-hour protection services. He now fears for his safety, as the princess has a reputation of making threats against those who have crossed her.

Sexual harassment in the workplace is unlawful under UK employment law.

It is described as any form of unwanted verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that has the purpose or effect of violating an individual's dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating, or offensive environment for an individual.

Princess A has dismissed the allegations, calling them scandalous and unfounded. She also said they were an attempt to blackmail her in order to obtain large amounts of cash.

She fears the allegations have been made up in order to stigmatise her in her conservative Muslim society.

The judge banned the princess's identity from becoming public after her lawyer argued that her country is still very conservative, despite the recent calls for reform in the Arab world.

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