16 May 2012
Teacher awarded £41k unfair dismissal damages
Compensation of £41,000 has been awarded to a teacher on the grounds of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
An employment tribunal has ruled that Helen White is entitled to this five-figure sum of damages after leaving her role at the Oakmead College of Technology in Kinson in November 2010 under controversial circumstances, the Bournemouth Echo reports.
Ms White developed chronic back problems in September 2009 and therefore took extended sick leave from the position of English teacher she had fulfilled at the school since September 2000.
However, upon returning, she found her employer had made no provisions to help her condition and still insisted on her working the same shifts despite her health issues.
She was then dismissed for her "unacceptable levels of sickness" - a fact the tribunal in Southampton indicated was unfair.
"It was not about the money, it was about the moral issues. I stood my ground," Ms White told the news source.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas