Sheffield hair salon boss offered trainee £10k for sex

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A TRAINEE hairdresser was offered £10,000 to sleep with her boss, an Sheffield employment tribunal heard.

Iranian-born Maryam Mashayekhi claims married Christopher Story - franchisee of upmarket Toni & Guy hair salon in Sheffield city centre - made the indecent proposal in his car as they waited to do a bride’s hair.

Mrs Mashayekhi, aged 34, was ‘shadowing’ her boss.

She told the panel: “He said how much money do you want to have sex?”

She replied she didn’t want to as she was married and claims Mr Story said to her: “Are you having sex for £1,000, what about £2,000 or £10,000?”

She claims she replied: “No, not even for £20,000.

“I love my husband.”

The court heard the dad-of-two tried to pass the incident off as a joke but Mrs Mashayekhi was left ‘shocked, humiliated and upset’.

The Iranian, who was employed as a salon assistant, claims she was sexually harassed, bullied and humiliated by the 39-year-old hairdresser.

He denies the sex-for-cash claim and all the other allegations against him.

Mrs Mashayekhi also claims she was nicknamed ‘slave’ by other staff because she worked an average of 67 hours a week and was being paid less than the minimum wage.

She also alleges Mr Story called her a ‘prostitute’ infront of a group of businessmen and on another occasion called her a benefits ‘scrounger’.

Mrs Mashayekhi, of City Point, Sheffield city centre, has been married for eight years and came to the UK in 2005.

She said Mr Story called her ‘stupid’ daily and she lost her self-confidence and couldn’t smile at clients, as Mr Storey wanted her to.

Mr Story told the tribunal Mrs Mashayekhi had never worked excessive hours, he had not called her a prostitute and nobody referred to her as ‘slave’.

He said the wedding incident allegation was ‘wildly inaccurate and extremely offensive’ and added they had a good working relationship.

Mrs Mashayekhi is claiming sex and race discrimination against Mr Story and George Plus One Ltd, a franchise of which Mr Story’s accountant wife Samantha is the sole director.

The hearing continues.