28 January 2010
Worker makes unfair dismissal claims
A woman who used to be employed by a charity has claimed she was the victim of unfair dismissal.
Natalie Walker is taking legal action against Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services - which provides support and backup to local voluntary groups - the Essex Echo reports.
The 30-year-old lost her position at the organisation after trying to prevent the eviction of a group of squatters.
She alleges that she was ordered to leave her role after telling managers that she had been defending the cause of the individuals, who had taken residence in a vacant block of flats in Hackney.
Commenting on her sacking, Ms Walker said: "The message it sends is people working for the organisation should be fearful of speaking out for causes they believe in."
Helen Robinson, chief executive of Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services, confirmed that Ms Walker no longer worked for the charity but refused to comment on the case.