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Pharmacist let off despite his 'improper comments'.

A PHARMACIST who made lewd comments about a colleague's breasts and allegedly slapped others on the bottom claimed it was all "office banter", a misconduct committee has heard.

Andrew Lumby, 40, also offered to "ravish" a female colleague and flicked her bra strap, a General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC) fitness to practise hearing was told.

Lumby, who used to manage the Co-op Pharmacy in Caerleon, is accused of various improper comments to staff between December 2009 and October 2010.

Mark Millin, representing the GPC, said Lumby used "slang" to refer to a member of staff's breasts, made sexual remarks and offered to ravish a co-worker.

He has been let off with a warning.

Four former colleagues gave evidence and the panel heard that on September 13, 2010, Mr Lumby asked one colleague to do him a favour and clean the kitchen area.

He said if she did, he would give her a big kiss or in fact "ram his tongue down her throat".

Mr Lumby said the remarks were made as part of office banter but accepted they were inappropriate to make as pharmacy manager. He resigned from his position before the hearing and has admitted making inappropriate sexual comments and innuendo to numerous colleagues - however he denied touching anyone on the buttocks or flicking a bra.

The committee found Mr Lumby guilty, over a considerable period of time, of "comments and actions amounting to sexual harassment of his work colleagues".

The panel said he did not intend to cause distress and no staff members were threatened as a result of his actions.

He was described as an "excellent pharmacist" and given a formal warning. A further condition that Mr Lumby is to make arrangements to attend a training course on equality and diversity.
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 20, 2011
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