27 April 2012
Ex-soldier awarded £200k by tribunal
An employment tribunal has awarded £200,000 in compensation to a former soldier blinded in action on the grounds of discrimination.
Private Andrew Bull was left without sight in both eyes when an IRA bomb went off in close proximity to him while he was serving with the armed forces in Belfast and then began a new career at the offices of Blaenau Gwent council.
The 48-year-old took on a role as a telephonist in Ebbw Vale but told the tribunal he was "victimised" and "harassed" by his colleagues when he did not participate in a two-day strike.
Mr Bell said he was the target of "unpleasant" remarks about his disability from this time on from co-workers and was eventually made redundant.
He went on to say that while he is delighted to have won his case and become financially secure in the process, the "inhumane treatment" he suffered during his time with the council has caused him "long-term psychological damage".
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Posted by Chris Stevenson