Highways England boss sent recruit semi-naked selfies and threatened to have her ‘killed and buried’ if she reported him – The Sun
A SICK government boss bombarded a new recruit with 2,500 sexual text messages, including semi-naked selfies, and threatened to have her "killed and buried" if she reported him.
Grant Bosence, 53, a Highways England manager harassed Kim Beaney, 40, for months and demanded to know what "a dinner was worth in sexual favours" and pushed her to quit her job.
The creepy manager also said he could tell her what "would be nice" under her fluorescent work gear.
When Ms Beaney, 40, later threatened to report him to HR, Bosence reportedly said he could have her “killed and buried for four grand”.
The mum-of-two said: "I saw this job as a chance to begin a new career with good future prospects that would allow me to provide for my family.
“Instead I suffered months of harassment. I felt I had no option but to continue speaking to him for fear of losing my job.
“He told me he was not to be crossed and that he was responsible for hiring and firing staff.
"But I was in no position to say what I really wanted – which, believe me, would have been blunt and to the point.
"I knew the job would be withdrawn if I said anything.”
Ms Beaney, who applied for a £18k-a-year role as a Highways Inspection Driver in February 2017, was contacted by Bosence on the same day as her interview.
She was said to have endured sexual advances by text and on Facebook over the following two months – despite insisting that she just “wanted a job and not a man”.
'WANTED A JOB, NOT A MAN'
In the flurry of messages seen by the tribunal, Mr Bosence called Ms Beaney “hot", "beautiful" and “sexy”, and sent her "partially clothed" pictures with his muscles on show.
When Ms Beaney innocently asked what she should wear underneath her fluorescent workwear, Mr Bosense replied: “Haha, well I could say what would be nice.”
But in the tribunal judgement, employment judge Elizabeth Heap ruled: “Mr Bosence made it clear that he wanted to have a physical relationship with her despite her referring on many occasions that she wanted nothing more than friendship.
Ms Beaney, from Sandiacre, Derbyshire, started work in April 2017 but quit her job just a few months later in August after Highways England refused to fully uphold her grievance complaints.
Highways England was blasted by the tribunal for failing to take any action. Its grievance procedure was condemned as “atrociously poor” and “shambolic”.
Ms Beaney said: "On top of having to deal with the inappropriate and unwanted attention from men who had direct power over my job, I was then left horrified by the response of Highways England to my complaints.
Mr Bosence told superiors at Highways England that he believed Ms Beaney had been pursuing him.
But the tribunal rejected his account, accusing him of painting her in a negative light "to suggest that she had a propensity toward inappropriate conduct relating to sexual comments".
He said that the messages were "reciprocal" and "not unwanted".
Ms Beaney won claims of sexual harassment, direct discrimination and discriminatory dismissal at Nottingham Employment Tribunal.
She was awarded £74,000 in compensation after successfully suing Highways England, Mr Bosence and another worker.
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