Office affair leads IT firm to sue over losses of £470,000On 5 Oct 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Asoftware firm is suing a former salesman for loss of business it says was dueto his two-year affair with a work colleague.ColemanBennett claims that Terence Hunter spent too much time out of the office, andon personal calls, texts and e-mails during the affair, and neglected hisduties. It claims this caused the company to lose contracts and clients, withlosses of almost £470,000. It also said that Hunter was in breach of contract,as personal relationships with staff had to be reported in writing.RogerByard, partner in theemployment group at law firm Cripps Harries Hall, said: “This fascinatingcase is the first of its kind and could set a massive precedent for employersbeing able to recoup damages for workers’ lost productivity. Normally,it is employees who sue their employers for loss of earnings in grievancecases. Here, this trend has been turned on its head.””Theclaim sees an employer’s attempt to bite back at an employee whose allegedneglect of his duties has apparently caused them serious financial loss.”Thecase is due to be heard next year. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.