08 June 2011
Teaching assistant wins unfair dismissal case
A teaching assistant has urged a school to restore her previous position after an employment tribunal resulted in a ruling of unfair dismissal.
Emma Metcalf, a learning support specialist, was fired from her role at St Mary's College in Blackburn last summer after a four-year stint there as the institution implemented a new "staff reorganisation" programme, the Lancashire Telegraph reports.
However, a subsequent grievance case decided she had been a victim of unfair dismissal on the grounds that her employer has used a "flawed" method of deciding which workers to sack.
Even though it was revealed that Ms Metcalf would have had a 50 per cent chance of losing her job had the process been carried out properly, she was awarded compensation for her ordeal.
However, the 39-year-old has now pleaded with the college to employ her once again.
"I won my case, but all I want is my job back," she noted.
Recently, the news source reported that Peter Cunningham, former head of the Sacred Heart RC Primary school in Colne, is seeking unfair dismissal compensation after his sacking in 2008.
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Posted by Richard Saunders