11 April 2012
Kate Bleasdale's £12m unfair dismissal tribunal underway
A multi-million pound compensation claim for unfair dismissal has got underway in London today (April 11th).
Kate Bleasdale, former executive chair and founder of Healthcare Locums (HCL), is taking legal action against the organisation on the grounds that she was victimised and suffered gender discrimination before being unjustly fired in March 2011.
HCL - which was formed in 2003 and now supplies more than 2,000 temporary and permanent medical professionals nationwide every day - insists Ms Bleasdale was rightly sacked for irregularities in the firm's accounts.
However, the professional is contesting this decision and will pursue damages of £12 million during the 15-day case in Holborn, online resource Recruiter reports.
Ms Bleasdale's ex-employer has already indicated it plans to "vigorously" defend itself against this claim.
Peter Sullivan, current chairman of HCL, stated in the company's annual accounts that "no provision has been made in these accounts for future legal costs or for any settlement".
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Posted by Chris Stevenson