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Scientist wins unfair dismissal tribunal

Scientist wins unfair dismissal tribunal

Compensation is set to be awarded to a scientist after an employment tribunal ruled he had been a victim of unfair dismissal.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Dr Andrew Faulkner took legal action against the University of Manchester - an institution with around 40,000 registered students - after leaving his role at the Cheshire observatory in August 2008.

Dr Faulkner quit during a project led by Peter Wilkinson to build the world's largest telescope following a serious disagreement with his boss during a crisis meeting about the scheme involving the pair and two other professors.

And a tribunal has now ruled that he is entitled to pursue damages from his former employer on the basis that he was treated unjustly.

The professional - who started working for the higher education institution in 2004 - commented: "I have also had to fight this at my own expense. I am glad the matter is finally resolved."

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Posted by Francesca Witney