07 July 2011
Tribunal to rule on alleged unfair dismissal
An employment tribunal is taking place in Yorkshire on the grounds of unfair dismissal after a teacher was relieved of his duties.
John Beardshall has taken legal action against Brinsworth Comprehensive School as he was made redundant while on sick leave due to the stress at work he suffered after the ex-headteacher - Mike Gray - allegedly gave a scathing assessment of one of his art lessons following an impromptu inspection.
This occurred in February 2008 and the professional was sacked in May 2009 for reasons he claims to be centred around his involvement in trade union activity, as well as discrimination due to his mental illness sustained after a review of his methods.
Mr Beardshall stated that this feedback was "gross victimisation" and represented an "absolute travesty", meaning he is now seeking redress for his dismissal.
Recently, professor Bernard King launched an employment tribunal against Abertay University amid claims he was forced to leave his role due to age discrimination.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett