01 April 2009
Senior accountants claim unfair dismissal
Two senior accountants have accused their former employer of unfair dismissal.
Asif Bashir and his wife Vijyante allege that they were fired unfairly after pursuing complaints over discrimination, the Sheffield Telegraph reports.
The couple worked for the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - which manages five NHS adult hospitals - for six years.
They claim that during this time they were subject to discrimination. For example, Mr Bashir alleges that he was called "Bin Laden" following the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001.
In addition, he says he failed to receive a pay rise after taking on additional responsibilities and was offered a job significantly below his level of experience after a restructure at the trust.
According to their legal representative, the pair were victimised for raising grievances and were stopped from doing their jobs effectively.
They were suspended in 2007 and sacked last April.
The trust is contesting the allegations and a tribunal is due to reconvene this month.