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Woman awarded £6,000 in sexual harrassment case against Co Armagh community association

Wah Hep Chinese Community Association admitted no liability in settling case

A  woman has been awarded £6,000 in a sexual harassment case against a county Armagh community association.

Jing-Yueh Huang-Porterfield, from Portadown, worked for the Wah Hep Chinese Community Association in Craigavon for 20 months and it was here she alleged her manager made sexually offensive and suggestive comments and behaved inappropriately.

Mrs Huang-Porterfield was employed as an administration worker from February 2015 until she resigned the following October.

“The men would always joke around in a sexual way which made me uncomfortable and upset,” Mrs Huang-Porterfield told BBC News.

“It started to get more and more serious so I decided to take action. We don’t need to take this kind of rubbish.”

Anne McKernan, Director of Legal Services at the Equality Commission, said: “All employers should know that they must have firm policies and procedures in place to deal with situations where a member of their staff feels they are being harassed and how important it is that those policies are consistently implemented.”

In settling the case, the Wah Hep Chinese Community Association paid Mrs Huang-Porterfield £6,000 without any admission of liability.

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