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A care worker recently won a £22k unfair dismissal claim after it was determined that a council’s investigation had not been thorough enough before dismissing her.

Accused Of Racism And Bullying

Amy Driver, a former team leader at a respite care centre for adults with special needs, was sacked after being accused of racism and bullying. She was later awarded £22,625 compensation by the employment tribunal.

The hearing at Leeds Combined Court heard that Miss Driver was let go after an investigation at Jubilee Lodge in Skipton. 

The employer claimed of a culture of bullying and harassment at the establishment underpinned by racial prejudice, homophobia and Islamophobia and called Miss Driver the ring leader.

Not Dealt With Appropriately

The employment tribunal found that North Yorkshire County Council didn’t deal with Miss Driver properly in March 2017, and deemed the circumstances under which she was fired “substantially and procedurally unfair”.

They determined that she had not been shown to have contributed to her dismissal. Miss Driver had worked for the council since 2010, and appealed against the decision by the council’s disciplinary panel. She denied the alleged misconduct, but the council’s appeal panel upheld the decision. The tribunal found that the council did not look into Miss Driver’s explanations for the claims, and did not attempt to explore further when she claimed of a conspiracy.

Judge O’Neill stated that the council’s investigation had not been sufficiently thorough and Miss Driver was then awarded the compensation as a result. 

About The Author.

James Rowland

James Rowland

James is the Commercial Director at Neathouse Partners. He is responsible for all Account Management, Sales & Marketing within the company. Having gained a BSc in Psychology and further study for his post-grad Law degree, James embarked on his legal career in 2014. Since then, he has become an Associate Director at a national Employment Law boutique, studied for a Masters in Marketing, and as of 2018, been a Director at Neathouse Partners. Outside of the office, James is a keen cricketer, playing very badly (he calls himself a Batsman but averages single figures) in the Cheshire League for Nantwich CC. He also loves watching his childhood football team, Crewe Alexandra, and is an avid lover of cinema (his favourite film being Pulp Fiction). Feel free to connect with James on LinkedIn.
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