A 55-year-old restaurant manager was sentenced to three months in prison on Monday after being found guilty for the sexual abuse of his female staff.
The 55-year-old sexually harassed a number of women working as waitresses at the restaurant. The offences took place between 2013 and 2015, when he was the manager of a restaurant at a Larnaca hotel.
The defendant focused on two waitresses, a Greek Cypriot and a foreign national, while he had put pressure on another woman to have sexual relations with him because he had helped her get a job at the hotel.
The judge said he found the 55-year-old’s behaviour, especially towards the two waitresses who were working there as temps, as “ugly, demeaning and offensive”.
“He was hugging them, was trying to kiss them on the mouth, was groping them, and was dropping sexual innuendos,” the judge said.
Court found as an aggravating factor that “he had come to the point of exploiting the superior-subordinate relationship, promising promotions to the complainants if they surrendered to his sexual demands”.
The judge also said that he took into consideration the “insistence and audacity of the accused in achieving his purpose, which was none other than having sexual intercourse with the complaining waitresses”. Although they had clearly tried to discourage him, “he continued the same repetitive behaviour with obscene attacks against them, often addressing them in a vulgar way”.