A man who groped female colleagues has been cleared from any wrong-doing by an Italian Court because it found his actions were driven by an immature sense of humour not sexual desire.
The 65 year old office worker was accused of touching a junior colleague sexually and of slapping a second woman on her bottom. Although the court in Palermo, Sicily found that the man had behaved in the way alleged, he was still acquitted.
The court held that the man’s actions were not driven by sexual desire:
“Objectively, it was brought on by an immature and inappropriate sense of humour, mixed in with a veiled abuse of power and an albeit improper way of establishing hierarchical relationships in the office.”
The UIL labour union’s Sicilian branch said it was “amazed and puzzled” by the decision.