Woman wins £19k compensation after boss called her ‘fatty’ and ‘prostitute’

A female textiles shop employee who was awarded £19,000 in compensation after being brandished a "fatty" and a "prostitute" by her sexist male boss is unlikely to receive a single penny after his firm was liquidated.

Aishah Zaman was the subject of numerous derogatory comments and sexual advances by Shahzad Younas whilst working for his textiles business in East Kilbride, Scotland, and was subsequently told she would receive the pay-out following a hearing in October last year.

Married Knightsbridge Furnishing owner Younas called the 35-year old "motee" – Punjabi for "fatty" – adding that he wanted "slim smart girls" in his office.

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He also labelled her second job – a night-time DJ – as the "work of prostitutes", but told her he "fancied" her before offering to buy her a Mercedes-Benz car.

Three months after an employment judge had ruled Younas and his firm were jointly responsible for Aishah's sexual harassment, however, the firm was liquidated.

And with disgraced Younas believed to be living in Pakistan, sheriff officers have limited powers to enforce any pay-out.

"It feels like a game he's playing, just dragging it out. I feel like I've been played," Aishah told the Daily Record after forking out £10,000 of her own money in legal costs.

"I'm working day and night and throwing everything I earn at this. I want to see it through but I can't afford it. He's running his businesses from Pakistan and Budapest. He can run that from anywhere.

"But I know he's sitting back laughing at me. Basically, I've lost and he's won."

Last year it was revealed Younas had sent Aishah several offensive text messages include an explicit image of female genitalia captioned "don't break my heart".

On a visit to the premises in 2020, meanwhile, he suggested she carry out a "woman's work" by unpacking his suitcase and cleaning his flat.

Aishah left the company after Younas called her an "idiot" and a "pain in the a***" during an argument in which he grabbed her arm with both hands and yelled: "I am going to f*** you".

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He then sold the company and told her to not come back.

Employment judge Russell Bradley described the businessman's behaviour as "unwanted and humiliating."

Younas later alleged his former employee had embezzled £17,718 from his company and offered to withdraw the claim if she dropped the case against him.

Judge Bradley labelled the allegation as "false" with "no factual basis".

Aishah added: "People just have this mentality that I must have done something wrong for him to act the way he did but the judgement was clear.

"The system doesn't feel strong enough for this. The tribunal can issue a judgement but they can't enforce it. He can sit in any other country and run his companies and he'll carry on the way he is.

Sameer Khan, the only remaining director of the firm, said that the company ceased trading in May 2022, adding: "We are sorry as we are out of business so we are not able to pay any claims."


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