22 February 2013
Ex-council clerk wins unfair dismissal case
Compensation has been awarded to a former parish council clerk after an employment tribunal ruled she was a victim of unfair dismissal.
According to the Eastern Daily Press, Sandra Craske took legal action against Briston Parish Council after she was suspended and then sacked from her role in July 2011.
The 54-year-old had worked for the local authority for 23 years but was fired on allegations of gross misconduct due to issues such as claims she had used council-headed paper for personal reasons and had failed to prepare its external accounts properly.
Furthermore, the local authority indicated that the leaders there had lost trust and confidence in Mrs Craske's ability to carry out her duties properly.
However, even though the judge presiding over the case in Bury St Edmunds noted that the professional had contributed to her situation, she has now been awarded reduced damages of £2,500.
Speaking to the news source after the case, Mrs Craske noted: "The money is not important. It was about winning and clearing my name."
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Posted by Chris Stevenson
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