Tech boss claimed he was once discussing Austin Powers Ivana Humpalot, no longer propositioning feminine worker

A tech boss who claimed he was once discussing a fictional persona named ‘Ivana Humpalot’ when he was once texting a feminine worker has been ordered to pay her £17,000. 

Creative director Ala Uddin despatched the crass message ‘I vanna humpalot’, a connection with the Russian hitwoman from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, to Sasha Sasheva only a month after she had got to work for him.

A listening to was once instructed the director later despatched beside the point textual content messages to Miss Sasheva in November 2020, asking: ‘Love… when are we going to f***?’.

He also known as her ‘gorgeous’, requested her to visit dinner with him for his birthday and instructed they spend the night time in combination at his good friend’s Essex house.

The new worker blocked his quantity or even needed to transfer house after she noticed him ‘striking round’ her flat. 

However, Mr Uddin, 50, later claimed his message had merely referred to the Austin Powers persona, performed by means of Kristen Johnson, within the 1999 hit movie.

Mr Uddin, 50, made the declare as he attempted to overturn a tribunal ruling from previous this 12 months that he have been in charge of ‘an uncongenial and severe abuse of energy’ and was once ordered to pay Miss Sasheva £17,607.67 in reimbursement. 

The persona Ivana Humpalot performed by means of Kristen Johnson was once a Russian hit-woman employed by means of Dr. Evil within the 1999 movie

The tribunal heard that Miss Sasheva got to work for Mr Uddin’s tool company All Techmart UK in October 2020 as an administrator.

Miss Sasheva was once the only worker and whilst the 2 of them have been within the administrative center Mr Uddin stared at her ‘such a lot so it made her really feel uncomfortable’.

Mr Uddin propositioned Ms Sasheva only a month into her time running for him all over which he stared at her such a lot she started to really feel uncomfortable.

When Ms Sasheva sued him for sexual harassment Mr Uddin claimed Miss Sasheva was once the only pestering him.

The boss additionally stated his textual content was once a comic story referencing the Austin Powers movie The Spy Who Shagged Me, the second one within the sequence.

The persona Ivana Humpalot was once a Russian hit-woman employed by means of Dr. Evil within the 1999 movie.

She was once recognized for dressed in a white fur coat and black lace bodysuit however ended up in mattress with Mike Myers’ comedian secret agent.

Mr Uddin, 50, made the Austin Powers declare to check out to overturn a tribunal ruling from previous this 12 months that he have been in charge of ‘an uncongenial and severe abuse of energy’.

He in the end awarded Miss Sasheva £17,607.67 in reimbursement.

In a judgment printed these days, the east London panel brushed aside his argument, confirming the unique judgment would stand and ordered him to pay the reimbursement.

Ms Sasheva needed to pass to the lengths of blockading his quantity and shifting house after she noticed him ‘striking round’ her flat. 

Miss Sasheva chose to resign after the second proposition which had been ongoing because she was 'upset and angry' by the harassment from her boss

Miss Sasheva selected to renounce after the second one proposition which have been ongoing as a result of she was once ‘disillusioned and indignant’ by means of the harassment from her boss

Miss Sasheva complained concerning the ‘terrible’ texts and instructed him: ‘Do no longer ever dare to speak to me like that’.

She instructed the tribunal that she ‘may just no longer have felt extra uncomfortable’ and was once so scared she started to do business from home extra regularly.

In March 2021 he texted her asking if she was once by myself and Miss Sasheva then noticed him ‘striking round her flat’. 

She stated his behaviour alarmed her and made her worry for her personal protection.

In the similar month, Mr Uddin despatched her some other ‘obtrusive sexual proposition’ asking her if she sought after to spend the night time with him so Miss Sasheva instructed him this was once unacceptable harassment and for him to forestall.

Despite her protest, her boss saved seeking to name her a lot of instances till she had no selection however to dam his quantity, the tribunal heard.

Miss Sasheva selected to renounce after the second one proposition, as a result of she was once ‘disillusioned and indignant’ by means of the harassment she have been a sufferer of. 

Techmart UK boss Mr Uddin, 50, claimed he was making an Austin Powers joke to try to overturn a tribunal ruling from earlier this year that he had been guilty of 'a nasty and serious abuse of power' but lost

Techmart UK boss Mr Uddin, 50, claimed he was once making an Austin Powers comic story to check out to overturn a tribunal ruling from previous this 12 months that he have been in charge of ‘an uncongenial and severe abuse of energy’ however misplaced

The tribunal heard she felt so careworn by means of him that she reported the incident to the police.

However, Mr Uddin instructed the most recent tribunal Miss Sasheva instructed they’ve intercourse on her first day of labor and attempted to kiss him on her ultimate day.

He stated she talked ‘grimy’ within the administrative center and alleged her sexual harassment declare was once a ‘money-making workout’.

Employment Judge Sarah Moor stated: ‘He contends the ‘I vanna humpalot’ remark was once a connection with a personality within the movie Austin Powers and the Spy Who Shagged Me and successfully a part of a comic story as a result of [Miss Sasheva] appreciated Donald Trump whose spouse (he says) was once referred to as Ivana.

‘Mr Uddin’s proof that [Miss Sasheva] made sexual advances against him that he discovered harassing… turns out incredible.

‘The long backward and forward texts… don’t recommend that [she] have been herself making any sexual advance or the usage of beside the point sexual language or speaking grimy.

‘To the opposite, she straight away objected to his advances, and have shyed away from any touch upon his remarks that she was once gorgeous and so on. Nor did he say phrases to the impact – I do not perceive your objections now, it was once you who began this.

‘The feedback he made that he had despatched vegetation and that she was once gorgeous recommend obviously he was once making advances and the ones feedback are totally inconsistent along with his defence that he felt careworn by means of her alleged previous advances.’

Mr Uddin’s software for an extension so he may just provide a defence to the allegations was once brushed aside because the pass judgement on dominated it had no prospect of luck.

She added: ‘It is obvious from the proof that it’s Mr Uddin who sexually propositioned [Miss Sasheva], no longer the wrong way round.

The hit-woman character is employed by Dr. Evil in the films

The hit-woman persona is hired by means of Dr. Evil within the movies

‘It may be transparent that there is not any sense in which there’s a shared sexual discussion or jokey sexual communicate: [she] straight away objected to his language and referred to as it harassment.’

At the unique tribunal, pass judgement on Moor stated: ‘I haven’t any doubt that to start with the harassment made [Miss Sasheva] first of all really feel extraordinarily uncomfortable, and fearful.

‘I haven’t any doubt that by the point she resigned she was once scared, extraordinarily disillusioned and indignant. She have been compelled to go away her activity on account of illegal sexual harassment within the type of propositions from her boss and best different member of body of workers.

‘[She] has ceaselessly had moments when she freezes on account of anxiousness. She calls those panic assaults and they’ve took place about thrice every week since her resignation. 

‘They are attributable, in my opinion, to the harassment…. [She] has had nightmares however those have eased.’

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