28 February 2007
Retail whistleblower takes employers to tribunal
A woman store manager has taken her former employers to a tribunal claiming she was sacked for revealing that their products are faulty.
Elaine Spiers of Edinburgh, who worked at Mamas and Papas selling baby accessories, turned whistleblower over the Ziko buggies after a raft of customers returned the product having complained that they were dangerous.
But when she told Mama's and Papa's retail director Marek Lasowski of the problem and that she thought they should be recalled, she claims she was summoned to a disciplinary meeting and subsequently sacked.
Mr Lasowski denies Mrs Spiers's charge and claims she was instead sacked for failing to meet the standards expected of her and after a series of "operational and commercial problems".
News of the case comes in the week that two interpreters employed at Heathrow, who claimed to have been subjected to a 15-year campaign of sexual discrimination, are suing the Home Office for £1.5 million in damages.