A former prison officer who claims she was bullied for being too attractive wore “figure-hugging” clothes to work, a tribunal heard.
Amitjo Kajla, aged 22, is claiming unfair dismissal after leaving her job at Brinsford prison, near Wolverhampton, in April last year.
She claims the prison service effectively sacked her from the male juvenile and young offenders institute at Featherstone, after a string of incidents forced her to resign.
The tribunal heard that Ms Kajla wore too much make up, earrings larger than a stud, and a uniform that “showed off her femininity”.
Giving evidence, Warren Sullivan, one of the governors at the prison, said: “I found her uniform was figure hugging and her jumper was sleeveless and tucked into her trousers.
“It accentuated the female form. The figure-hugging uniform she was wearing could have led to temptation for inappropriate behaviour among the inmates.
“They are all male aged between 15 and 22-years old.
“Many have experienced mental, physical and sexual abuse in their lives and the clothes and make-up that Ms Kajla was wearing was inappropriate.”
The tribunal had earlier heard accusations that Ms Kajla had failed to challenge inappropriate comments from male prisoners and had allowed herself to be crowded by them.
But Mr Stephen Roberts, representing Ms Kajla, said that the truth was that she had been bullied by other staff at the institution.
He said that she had been shouted at “aggressively” and had had prison gates locked in front of her by her colleagues.
Written submissions will now be made to the tribunal by both parties before a decision is reached in September.