16 May 2007
Estate agency manager wins unfair dismissal compensation
An estate agency manager who was left without a job after a solicitor complained on behalf of a client has won £2,990 for unfair dismissal.
Lorna Challis was also awarded a further payments of £7,150 which related to a bonus payment and £364 in holiday pay.
Ms Challis lost her job after a solicitor complained to the branch head that her client had been mislead over the conditions of sale of a house, and had not been able to bid on the property as a result.
When the complaint was raised in a meeting, Ms Challis told her branch head to "find yourself another branch manager", which was interpreted by her employers as a formal notice of resignation.
However, the court ruled that the words had been spoken in the heat of the moments and therefore could not be considered legally binding.
The court did not however completely absolve Ms Challis over allegations that she had acted unethically and improperly according to Law Society guidelines over the sale of the house, which was subsequently sold to a rival bidder.