An employment tribunal has ruled that a female British secret service agent who was pestered for sex was unlawfully victimised.
Despite her superior officer being cleared of harassing her, the agent is in line for substantial compensation from the Intelligence agency.
Neither the agency nor the agent can be named for reasons of national security, though she was referred to as Miss D throughout the tribunal.
During the tribunal the agent claims her married superior officer wanted her to have an affair and sent her a substantial amount of text messages to that effect. It is claimed he said that sex was thin on the ground with his wife.
Though this claim was denied by the spymaster and this was upheld by the Central London Employment Tribunal, it did find in favour of Miss D that she was victimised by the intelligence service.
The nature of Miss D’s missions was never revealed at the tribunal but she was issued with a bullet proof vest and she was once posted to the Falkland Islands.
During the tribunal her superior officer, known as Mr F, admitted flirting with her but denied asking her for an affair. He said: “I had not at any time thought we were more than colleagues or friends who flirted occasionally.”
Miss D was found to have suffered with severe stress and was sectioned under the mental health act. She claims she was “blacklisted” after complaining about harassment and victimisation.
A later hearing will decide how much compensation she will receive.