25 January 2012
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