A former Black Country prison officer is seeking compensation from the Government after claiming she was "bullied" from her post because of her attractive appearance, a tribunal was told.
Amitjo Kajla is seeking a ruling for constructive unfair dismissal after leaving her job at Brinsford Prison, near Featherstone, in April last year.
The 22-year-old claims the Prison Service effectively sacked her from Brinsford, a male juvenile and young offenders' institute, after a string of incidents forced her to resign. She is seeking compensation from the Justice Secretary Jack Straw.
It was suggested that Miss Kajla dressed provocatively on the prison site, and that inmates would "definitely" have been able to see what she was wearing through slats in the cell doors.
Giving evidence, Miss Kajla's former colleague Lee Hastings said she had been "conditioned" by inmates, many of whom knew her personal address.
Mr Hastings told the hearing in Birmingham: "I heard that her personal address and the area in which she lived was, shall we say, common knowledge amongst the inmates."
But Stephen Roberts, representing Miss Kajla, said she had been the victim of bullying.
Mr Roberts said in one incident Mr Hastings deliberately locked gates behind him when he knew Miss Kajla was following, and that he shouted "aggressively" when Miss Kajla went to open a double cell door, even though she was instructed to do so by a senior prison officer.
Mr Roberts said that Mr Hastings had been "annoyed" that Miss Kajla made a complaint claiming he "bullied" her at work.
Mr Hastings said he "did not intend to cause her upset or distress" but that he was "concerned that Miss Kajla's repeated actions were a breach to security within the prison service".
Philippa Maddox, another young officer who took the prison service induction alongside Miss Kajla, said her former colleague had rejected advice about dress code and appearance.
Miss Maddox told the tribunal prison officers were instructed against piercings, to trim fingernails and to keep make-up to a minimum, adding: “I don’t believe Miss Kajla took on this advice in relation to hair and make-up.
“Miss Kajla’s uniform was very snugly fitted. Mine was actually two sizes too big.
“Miss Kajla would go and talk to the lads. She lacked boundaries and assertiveness.”
Michael Doolan, a senior prison officer at Brinsford, also said there had been concerns about Miss Kajla’s hair, nose piercing, and “too much” jewellery and make-up.
He also said she allowed herself to be crowded by young male prisoners and failed to challenge inappropriate comments.
One prisoner reportedly told her, “I wouldn’t mind taking you back to my cell”, to which Miss Kajla “said nothing”, Mr Doolan said.
The hearing continues.