12 August 2011
Ex-Virgin Atlantic workers win unfair dismissal claim
Compensation has been awarded to four employees of Virgin Atlantic following a grievance case brought about on the grounds of unfair dismissal.
According to Skyport, three members of the quartet were fired from their positions with the airline last year after allegedly sending an inappropriate email around to fellow members of staff via their work accounts.
The fourth employee accidentally forwarded this message - described by one of the workers as "very tame" and inoffensive - on to a staff bulletin board, which led to all four being sacked for gross misconduct.
However, they decided to take legal action against the firm - which is Britain's second-largest long haul airline - and an employment tribunal in London has now ruled they were victims of unfair dismissal.
"I'm just relieved it's behind us, that justice has been done and that we can hold our heads up high knowing we've done nothing wrong," one of the group said.
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Posted by Francesca Witney