17 August 2009
Ex-care home manager compensated for unfair dismissal
An ex-home care manager has been awarded compensation by an employment tribunal for treatment by her colleagues that amounted to unfair dismissal.
The Liverpool Echo reported that 62-year-old Carole Boden was awarded £31,451 in compensation following a remedy hearing at the Liverpool employment tribunal.
She said she left Polder Care homes following a number of incidents, including being asked to "forge inspection documents".
Ms Boden said she underwent months of bullying and humiliation from colleagues at the Rock Ferry and Hoylake care homes and was given a six-month suspension. In July last year, she resigned due to stress.
The tribunal agreed in June that she should be compensated for unfair dismissal. The figure of £31,451 was reached to accommodate for Ms Boden's loss in earnings - she earns around £231 less per week in her new administration job with Wirral council - and to help her settle into her new employment.
Ms Boden claimed that her age proved to be detrimental when looking for new employment as there were not many options available that offered room for advancement.
Rachel Krys, director for the Employers Forum on Age (EFA), commented recently that older workers who are made redundant over the age of 50 often find it more difficult to get a new job.