An IBM employee lost his job after complaining about sexual harassment by his female boss, a court heard yesterday. Ray Chen, 31, alleged he was 'unlawfully victimised' by IBM China/Hong Kong, which had ignored his repeated protests over actions by Tamara Rus, 29. Mr Chen, who worked for the company between August and December 1998, said the firm refused to discipline Ms Rus and 'abruptly terminated' his contract. The senior information technology specialist is suing Ms Rus and the firm under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance in the District Court. They deny his claims. Representing himself yesterday, Mr Chen said the case involved violation of civil rights and he had no intention of taking revenge. His wife, Carmen Tsang Lai-man, 25, admitted yesterday she had also filed a lawsuit against her superior and former company over allegations of sexual harassment. She told the court she and her husband had both made complaints to the Equal Opportunities Commission on separate occasions. When asked by her husband how he described Ms Rus to her, Ms Tsang said, as a 'fat lady'. When questioned, Ms Tsang said she had once smelt perfume on her husband when he returned from work. Ms Tsang said she was told by her husband that he got the smell from Ms Rus because they had sat too close to each other when they were having a meeting. The writ filed by Mr Chen said Ms Rus, a transition manager at IBM, made unwelcome remarks of a sexual nature to Mr Chen at work. Ms Rus was also said to have made unwelcome physical contact with Mr Chen and had once requested sexual favours, the writ said. Mr Chen is seeking a declaration from the two defendants stating they 'unlawfully discriminated' against him, and wants a court order to ask IBM to re-employ and promote him. He is also asking for unspecified damages from the two defendants, including damages for injury to feelings as well as punitive damages. The court heard Mr Chen's wife had filed a writ accusing her boss at a Hong Kong company of repeatedly making unwelcome remarks of a sexual nature between May 1997 and 1999. It was said her boss referred to her as a 'northern whore' and allegedly tried to force her into having sex. The trial of Mr Chen's claim continues today before Judge Maggie Poon Man-kay.