17 December 2008
Sacked housing manager successful at employment tribunal
A housing manager who was sacked after visiting a dying care home resident has been successful in her claim of unfair dismissal.
In February of this year, Linda Coote went to see the man after a colleague called at her house to inform her that he was in great distress.
The 55-year-old - who had worked for Prospect Place in Lingdale, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, for 14 years prior to being dismissed - found that two carers were failing to swab the resident's mouth, leaving him in danger of choking.
After she corrected them, they complained to the management and she was subsequently suspended before losing her job.
During a recent hearing, employment judge Tudor Garnon said: "We fall short of being able to find material which any reasonable employer could judge as sufficient to dismiss a long-serving, loyal and hard-working employee," Inside Housing reports.
Ms Coote is now in discussions with her former employers over her possible return to work.