Woman called ‘fat’ by boss may not see a penny of £19k payout

Shahzad Younas captured a collage of two photographs by Aishah Zaman.

Aishah Zaman brought Shahzad Younas before a tribunal and won (Image: Media Scotland)

A Scottish woman who won nearly £19,000 in compensation after her boss called her ‘fat’ and a ‘prostitute’ may never see a penny.

Aishah Zaman, 35, received the payout in October after two years of repeated unsolicited advances from her married boss Shahzad Younas.

Younas, who owned Knightsbridge Furnishing in East Kilbride, called Zaman a “motee” (Punjabi for “fat”) and said he only wanted “slender, smart girls” to work.

Younas told her, “I’m into you,” and offered to buy Zaman a Mercedes-Benz, while telling her to stop DJing as it was “prostitutes’ work.”

But the company has since gone into liquidation, and since Zaman has yet to receive their payout, their chances of ever seeing the money remain slim.

According to the report, Younas Zaman sent a barrage of crude, sexist texts, including a photo of a woman’s genitals and the words, “Don’t break my heart.”

During a visit to the company, Younas asked Zaman to tidy up his apartment and unpack his suitcase – including his underwear – as this was “women’s work”.

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Aishah Zaman said she faced sexual harassment for two years while working for Shahzad Younas (Image: Media Scotland)

Zaman handed in her resignation in April 2020 after Younas called her an “idiot” and “pain in the ass” before grabbing her arm and yelling, “I’m gonna fuck you.”

After spending more than £10,000 in legal fees, an employment tribunal ruled that Younas and his firm were jointly responsible for sexual harassment and awarded compensation of £18,984.

Labor judge Russell Bradley said of the disgraced businessman: “Messages suggesting a desire for a relationship related to her gender were undesirable and demeaning.”

But after Knightsbridge Furnishing was liquidated and Younas is said to be living in Pakitan, it remains unknown if Zaman will ever see the settlement.

She told the record: “It feels like a game he’s playing, just dragging it out. I feel played.

“I work day and night and throw everything I earn into this cause. I want to do it, but I can’t afford it.

“He runs his business from Pakistan and Budapest. He can do that from anywhere.

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Shahzad Younas owns textile companies in Scotland and Hungary (Image: Media Scotland)

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Zaman was asked to unpack her boss’ suitcase because it’s ‘women’s work’ (Image: Media Scotland)

“But I know he sits back and laughs at me. Basically I lost and he won.’

An employment tribunal heard Younas allege Zaman embezzled £17,718 from the company – an allegation the judge called “false” with no factual basis.

“In our view, the unequivocal conclusion is that the false allegations of the protected act were made [reporting sexist behaviour],’ he said.

According to Younas’ LinkedIn profile, he was CEO of Knightsbridge Furnishing for more than two decades. He also owns a branch of the company in Hungary and the Polish company Juglo.

Zaman added: “People just have this mentality that I must have done something wrong for him to act the way he did, but the verdict was clear.

“The system doesn’t feel strong enough for that. The court can make a judgment, but it cannot enforce it.

“He can sit and run his companies in any other country and he will continue as he is.”

Sameer Khan, Knightsbridge Furnishing’s last director, told The Record in October that the company had ceased trading in May 2022.

He added: “We are sorry as we are no longer in business and therefore unable to pay any claims.”

Younas did not respond to a request for comment.

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