17 February 2010
Woman claims unfair dismissal during tribunal
A woman has taken her claims of unfair dismissal to an employment tribunal.
Shirley Newton was sacked from her role at Mountain Leader Training England (MLTE) after she told her husband that a colleague had downloaded porn on to his office computer, the Daily Post reports.
As a result of confiding in her spouse, she was found guilty of gross misconduct on the grounds that she had breached a confidentiality ruling.
The man who downloaded the material, although being subject to an investigation himself and receiving a final written warning, was able to keep his job.
Bob Burson, the then chairman of organisation, told Ms Newton she could not be trusted to act in the best interests of the MLTE - which was established in 1964 and provides training and assessment schemes for mountain walking and climbing leaders.
The employment tribunal currently taking place in Abergele, north Wales remains ongoing.