10 November 2009
Whistleblower was the victim of unfair dismissal, tribunal rules
A woman who lost her job after raising concerns about a colleague has been successful at an employment tribunal, which ruled she was the victim of unfair dismissal.
Carol Spencer told a hearing that she had been victimised after complaining about a co-worker, who she alleged turned up to work smelling of alcohol, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The 56-year-old argued that other employees at the residential care home in which she worked turned on her after this and began fabricating complaints.
Ms Spencer said: "It hurt to think they collaborated against me to get me out of the job."
Tracy Henry, company manager at CIC, which was formed in 1988, argued that it was justified to sack her for lying and making derogatory comments.
However, the tribunal ruled that Ms Spencer had been unfairly dismissed because she did not have the opportunity to appeal.
She was issued compensation as a result of the ruling.