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Rock singer loses claim for unfair dismissal

January 5 2015

A rock singer who said he was forced to quit his day job because a colleague fancied him has lost his claim for sex discrimination, unfair dismissal and constructive dismissal.

Thirty-one-year-old Tom Ford,of Duke Street in Henley, claimed Lucy Myers made comments about his appearance and gave him presents to try and win his affection.

But after he rejected her advances and she was promoted, she became “incredibly hostile”.

Mr Ford, lead singer with Motherload, claimed he that was forced to resign from the Good Shelf Company, a bespoke furniture business in Rotherfield Greys, and took his case to an employment tribunal.

In a report by the Henley Standard, Miss Myers, from Highmoor, described the sexual harassment claims as “absolutely false”.

She told the tribunal that when she first met Mr Ford they got on “like a house on fire” but admitted she did have a crush on him then.

Miss Myers said the relationship soon turned sour, claiming Mr Ford regularly bullied her, called her fat and ugly and made inappropriate sexual comments about her.

However, the Reading tribunal has dismissed his claim in a written judgment.

David Gibbon, owner of the Good Shelf Company, said: “We’re just glad the matter has been brought to an end and common sense has prevailed.

“We have got a really good team and now we can concentrate on taking the business forward.”

Mr Ford did not respond to requests for a comment by the Henley Standard.

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