CSA chief 'asked official to lure women for him': Employee denies having 'fatal attraction' for sacked manager

A WOMAN accused of sexually harassing her boss at the Child Support Agency claimed yesterday that he used her to lure women for him at CSA functions.

The official, known as Mrs A, said that her manager, Stephen Davies, asked her for 'a quickie' on one occasion and, at another event, ordered her to leave him alone with a woman, saying: 'I'm going to have that.'

Mrs A, an executive officer at the CSA's West Midlands headquarters near Dudley, was giving evidence at an industrial tribunal in Birmingham hearing Mr Davies's claims that he suffered sexual discrimination by the CSA because it failed to stop Mrs A sexually harassing him.

The hearing, which has reflected badly on behaviour within the agency, has been told that Mrs A reported Mr Davies, 39, for sexual harassment after he refused to sleep with her. He claimed she pestered him for sex, commented on the size of his penis and bought him skimpy underpants. Mr Davies was cleared, but was sacked in March for management harassment of two other women.

Weeping as she gave her evidence, Mrs A said Mr Davies bullied her at work, and added: 'There was one incident when we were at a party when Steve saw a woman in a black dress with long hair. He asked me to find out who she was and where she worked.

'On a business course in Manchester, Steve said he was 'going to have that (a female colleague)', and I was to help by making sure they were left alone. At another party, while my husband was drunk, he asked me for a quickie out the back. I did not like CSA social functions because Mr Davies would use me to help him get a woman.'

In a heated exchange about the Manchester incident, Peter Henrick, representing Mr Davies, said Mrs A was 'obsessed with sex', adding: 'I don't know any woman who would pimp or conspire with a man to get a woman.'

Mrs A replied: 'I had already sampled his bullying behaviour and was trying to handle it. I was intimidated by him.' She said that after one party Mr Davies, who was given a lift home by her and her husband, spent the entire trip talking about the breasts of a colleague - Mrs C - and how he intended to get his hands all over them. Earlier in the hearing, Mr A alleged that Mr Davies laid a bet that he would get Mrs C into bed.

There were also allegations that Mr A was trying to sleep with Mrs C; that Mr Davies had made plays for a Miss B and a Miss E; and admissions from Mr Davies, a married father of two, that he had had affairs with other women and that he dropped his trousers at a party to launch the CSA.

Mrs A denied a suggestion that she had a 'fatal attraction' for Mr Davies and said she had never harassed him.

The hearing continues.

Leading article, page 15

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Web Developer

£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This design and print company a...

Recruitment Genius: Lift and Elevator Contract Manager - London

£38000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity has ari...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Engineer - OTE £40,000

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Engineer is required to...

Ashdown Group: Systems Administrator - Hull - £32,000

£30000 - £32000 per annum + £4200 car allowance: Ashdown Group: 3rd Line Suppo...

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence