13 August 2009
Gallery worker launches compensation claim - employment
An art gallery worker who has Crohn's disease told a Croydon employment tribunal this week that her health suffered when she was moved against her will from the Tate Britain to the Tate Modern.
Elizabeth Andrews said she was forced to move following a dispute with a co-worker, but conditions at the Tate Modern - which she described as "bigger and colder" than its Pimlico-based counterpart - adversely affected her health.
Managers would not let her move back to the Tate Britain, despite numerous requests last year, she added. She was only permitted to return to her former place of work in March of this year.
In 2008, she won an internal grievance proceeding against the gallery, which agreed that Ms Andrews' medical conditions had not been properly considered during her move from the Tate Britain.
She has now launched a claim for compensation with the London South employment tribunal - although the Tate's board of trustees say it has been lodged too late.
However, Ms Andrews, who said her condition was exacerbated by the air conditioning in the CCTV room at the Tate Modern, explained that the way she was treated at the two galleries made up "one continuing act".
There are four Tate art galleries in the UK - two in London, one in Liverpool and one in St Ives.