Pictured: Married City exec who couldn’t reverse his resignation for taking a ‘sleazy’ drunk pass to a female junior co-worker he said was a ‘7 out of 10’
- City administrator Tom Skinner made a drunken pass on junior colleague Jessica Lennox
- He named her a ‘seven out of 10’ on a boozy work position in October 2018
- The father was fired for gross misconduct and filed an unfair dismissal claim
- Father claimed he was discriminated against for suffering from anxiety
- But his case was dismissed after the labor court ruled that dismissal was warranted
Pictured is the married city administrator who was unable to undo his resignation after making a “dirty” drunk pass to a young female colleague he described as a “seven out of ten” in an angry work position.
Tom Skinner also told Jessica Lennox that she was in his ‘top three’ and asked her what would happen if they were the last people alive and had to ‘repopulate the Earth’.
Then when they complained to their bosses at investment management firm Smith & Williamson Corporate Services Ltd, the father tried to argue that he meant she was going to be a good number seven in rugby.
After he was fired for gross misconduct, Ms. Skinner filed an unfair dismissal claim, claiming that he had been “ misunderstood ” and discriminated against for suffering from anxiety.
But a labor court in central London rejected his version of events, ruling that he had been rightly fired for his ‘Inappropriate behavior’.
Mr. Skinner worked as an associate director at the asset manager. In October 2018, the company held their annual financial services conference, which included dinner followed by drinks.
After the meal, Mr. Skinner approached junior colleague Ms. Lennox while drunk and presented her with a “ hypothetical scenario ” in which she was approached by a man on a dance floor, the tribunal was told.
City administrator Tom Skinner told Jessica Lennox that she was a “seven in ten” in a work position and also told her she was in his “top three,” an employment court heard.
He then said he’d like to get to “the prettiest girl” before telling Ms. Lennox that he thought she was a “seven out of 10.”
When Ms. Lennox asked him what he was talking about, he would have replied that she would be in his ‘top three’.
Later that evening, Mr. Skinner again approached Ms. Lennox, who worked as an office assistant, and asked her what would happen if they were the “last two people on Earth” and “had to repopulate the Earth.”
All evening, the tribunal heard that Mr. Skinner’s behavior was getting worse and later he approached another woman, called only “Mrs. J,” and made some inappropriate remarks.
He said he attended sex parties in his younger days before telling her that he helped pay her mortgage. He later approached her at the bar, took her face, and told her she had “marzipan cheeks.”
He also went to another woman and tried to give her his phone number, but she turned him down, saying it was ‘a little bit nasty’.
Towards the end of the evening, Birmingham University graduate ‘Mrs. J’ followed into the toilet twice and refused to leave until another woman entered.
After the conference, Mr. Skinner was reported to his bosses and an investigation was initiated. The tribunal heard that during the interview, Mr. Skinner denied all allegations and tried to provide a different explanation for the ‘7 out of 10’ comment.
When she then complained to their bosses, the father tried to argue that he meant she was going to be a good number seven in rugby. He was fired, but a labor court in central London (pictured) rejected his claim of unfair dismissal
He claimed he remembered that if the company had a work rugby team, he would play Ms. Lennox at number seven and another colleague at position ten.
He admitted to drinking a lot and his memory was ‘blurry’, but denied talking about sex parties and claimed he only walked into the women’s bathroom ‘accidentally’.
Mr. Skinner also confessed during the investigation that he had ‘missed his old life before the kids’ and said it was ‘all a little different from threesomes in college’.
The tribunal heard that its version of the events was rejected by the company and other staff members who confirmed what had happened, saying that Mr. Skinner was “extremely drunk.”
During the disciplinary meeting, “Mr. Skinner” seemed “stressed and anxious” and even asked if the police were waiting for him outside.
He later claimed that he experienced a period of “extreme mental distress, paranoia, fear and psychosis” during the disciplinary process. Mr. Skinner was subsequently fired for gross misconduct.
Labor Judge Natasha Joffe concluded that Mr. Skinner “sometimes tended to present the version of events that he thought would be most useful at a particular point in time, or to edit facts that would not be helpful.”
Judge Joffe concluded, “It was within the band of reasonable responses to dismissal [Mr Skinner] for what turned out to be a sequence of inappropriate behaviors, some with sexual content and many of the behaviors aimed at younger female employees. ‘
She ruled that the allegations of unfair dismissal and discrimination were both unfounded.