11 July 2011
Allegations of unfair dismissal result in tribunal hearing
Compensation on the grounds of unfair dismissal is being sought by a teacher who claims she was a victim of discrimination when being relieved from her duties.
According to Runcorn and Widnes World, Patricia Allen is currently in a legal battle with former employer Halton High School after she was sacked from her role as a maths teacher at the educational establishment in July 2009.
The 56-year-old professional has told the hearing that she sometimes had to take time off due to the effects of her irritable bowel syndrome, but claims that bosses at the school did not take this health issue seriously enough and bullied her because of it.
However, headmaster John Rowlands stated this was not the case and insisted she was only fired because students' exam results were suffering as a direct result of her regular absences.
This comes after John Beardshall took legal action against Brinsworth Comprehensive School for alleged unfair dismissal in May 2009.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett