09 February 2012
Council worker wins unfair dismissal claim
A tribunal has ruled in favour of a council official who took legal action against his former employer on the grounds of unfair dismissal.
According to the Manchester Evening News, John Coatman was sacked from his role at Salford Council after he highlighted errors in a report regarding children in the area at risk of abuse put together by his line manager Stephen Coupe.
Mr Coatman - a statutory returns specialist - raised his concerns about the study with a senior executive at the local authority after conducting his own research, which came back with differing results to that of Mr Coupe.
He told the tribunal he was subsequently asked by his bosses to lie even though he insisted that he only informed them of the mistakes to make sure they were changed.
This comes after Kent Online reported former head of communications at Kent County Council Jane Clarke had reached an out-of-court settlement with her former employer instead of going to a tribunal.
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