08 February 2008
Civil servant awarded nearly £30k in unfair dismissal case
A Scottish civil servant has won £28,959 after an employment tribunal ruled that her employers had committed a breach of their contract.
Leanne Gardner, who was responsible for supervising staff handling appeals at the Inquiries Reporters Unit in Falkirk, left just 42 days into her new job due to work-related stress.
She had raised concerns about a lack of training, saying she expected her five staff to be experienced, which they were not.
While off, Ms Gardner discovered she was pregnant and sought a redundancy package. However, she ended up complaining about a senior member of staff's handling of the case.
A hearing in Glasgow ruled that, in relation to the case, correspondence had been fabricated which amounted to a breach of contract.
As a result, Ms Gardner was entitled to resign and consider herself to have been constructively and unfairly dismissed.
The limit on unfair dismissal payment awards made in certain cases rose at the beginning of this month, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform recently announced.