06 September 2007
Charity head scoops £85k
The head of a charity has won £50,000 in compensation after being unfairly dismissed, it has been reported.
Margaret Murnane, 48, was sacked from her job at a Catholic charity the London Irish Centre after her son used a work telephone to call a sex chatline, the Daily Mail reports.
Ms Murname was also judged to have been subjected to sex discrimination and a bullying campaign.
Her presence as the boss of the charity was objectionable to other staff, the tribunal said, in particular coordinator of welfare services John Twomey, who subjected her to vindictive treatment, the tribunal found. He also falsely accused her of being drunk at work.
He also made too much of the chatline phonecall, with the tribunal describing this as a "minor issue".
The trustees' decision to dismiss Ms Murnane was made because it was easier to do so than remove Mr Twome, the tribunal added.