Selfridges perfume seller accused of sexually harassing married man hits back after being sacked

JS86148214Patricia McNillan – who was employed by Patricia McNillan – says she didn’t do anything wrong and has now lost her livelihood

A Selfridges saleswoman sacked after being accused of sexually harassing a married man shopping for a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife says she has lost her livelihood.

David Lee said he was ‘hounded’ by Patricia McNillan at the Trafford Centre with a friend in February as she made explicit and ‘vulgar’ innuendos.

He said her behaviour made him so uncomfortable, he was forced to leave.

Ms McNillan, 45, who was employed by Thierry Mugler to work at the store, was suspended as bosses carried out an investigation.

She has now broken her silence after being fired – and insists she did nothing wrong.

“I’ve lost my livelihood,” Ms McNillan, who lives in Hyde, told the M.E.N.

“No-one will touch me now, I can’t get a job. What he did was pathetic. I was mimicking him, trying to make a sale.

“It’s all about t**s and teeth in this job. Sex sells.”

Mr Lee, 37, from Bolton said he had been browsing for aftershave and perfume in the department store’s fragrance section with a friend when Ms McNillan approached them by the Thierry Mugler stand.

He said she tried to pressurise them, pushing products in front of their noses and following them around the store.

Mr Lee said Ms McNillan made inappropriate and offensive comments towards people with mental health issues, before making sexual innuendos about them ‘squirting’ different perfumes.

After discussing a fragrance called ‘Interlude’ with his friend, Mr Lee said Ms McNillan asked: “You’re into lube?”

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