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Teen chef claiming discrimination against Stephen Terry would turn up in "skimpy tops and hot pants"

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

  • Stephen Terry, celebrity chef and Gordon Ramsey's 'best man'.

  • Chloe Maisey claims she was a victim of sexual discrimination while work at The Hardwick in Abergavenny.

  • The Hardwick in Abergavenny is said to be Michel Roux Jr's "favourite Welsh restaurant".

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A teenage chef at a celebrity restaurant turned up to work in "skimpy tops and hot pants" - and showed off her tattoos, a tribunal in Cardiff has heard.

Chloe Maisey, 19, is claiming sexual discrimination by the all-male staff at the restaurant owned by celebrity chef Stephen Terry - the best man of Gordon Ramsey.

The employment tribunal heard Miss Maisey turned up to work in "skimpy tops and hot pants" and used "sexually provocative" language at work.

Sous chef Jamie O'Leary, 32, said: "I didn't find her clothes fit for the workplace. I thought some of the clothes she showed up in were inappropriate for work."

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William Rees, representing Miss Maisey, told him: "You thought she was cheap because of the clothes she wore to work before changing into her chef whites.

"You thought she was cheap and that is why you sexually discriminated her."

Mr O'Leary replied: "My wife wears skimpy tops and hot pants and I don't think she is cheap - but she doesn't wear them to work."

Trainee pastry chef Miss Maisey resigned after three months working at the Hardwick, in Abergavenny, South Wales, and has made 21 allegations of sexual discrimination against the restaurant.

She claims she was ogled every day as she changed into her chef’s uniform at the restaurant which has no female changing rooms.

She also claims she was "groped" when a male staff member slapped her bottom.

But staff at the restaurant said Miss Maisey would turn up to work in "skimpy tops and hot pants" and was not shy about showing male staff her tattoos and piercings.

Miss Maisey, who is several months preganant, has a tattoo of a laced stocking top with an antique pistol tucked into it around the top of her right thigh.

Former chef Andrew Fellowes said: "She would show people her tattoos and show off her piercings.

"She instigated that. I didn't care about piercings and tattoos - I came to work to cook.

"I suppose you do judge someone if they dress like that for work but it still didn't affect the way I treated her at work."

Restaurant owner Stephen Terry - a regular star of TV cookery shows - told the tribunal that some of the incidents never happened and dismissed the others as "banter".

He said: "Doing service is very stressful and there is a little bit of banter.

"You are in an environment where people mess about on occasions, but the guys are not malicious in any way.

"It is not that she was singled out because of her sex."

The hearing continues.

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