Mental health charity in Dundee being taken to employment tribunal

Former employee taking her old firm to employment tribunal over unfair dismissal

A former employee of a mental health charity in Dundee, is taking her old employers to an employment tribunal over claims she was unfairly dismissed.

Christine Costello, aged 53, from Invergowrie, Dundee, worked for her former employers for almost eight years as a mental health advocacy worker. She resigned from the charity, Dundee Independent Advocacy Support (DIAS), last January.

Mental health charity in Dundee being taken to employment tribunal

Former mental health charity worker from Invergowrie, Dundee, takes her old employers to employment tribunal over unfair dismissal © Copyright Jim Bain and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

DIAS are based at Meadow Mill, on West Hendersons Wynd, in Dundee.

Ms Costello’s hearing will be held in Dundee later this month.

According to a spokeswoman at the Dundee Employment Tribunal Service, Ms Costello filed four different claims against her old employers for; unfair dismissal, sex discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination and disability discrimination.

Apparently, Ms Costello resigned from her position at the charity in January last year but had numerous periods of time off before leaving, as a result of alleged incidents.

If Ms Costello wins her employment tribunal case against her former employers, she could receive a five-figure sum.

A DIAS spokeswoman said there would be no comments made about the case whilst it was still ongoing.

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Employment tribunal victory for beauty therapist struggling with childcare arrangements

The woman took her former employees to an employment tribunal over unfair dismissal and sex discrimination

 
A former employee at a fitness centre in Carlise, who took her old firm to an employment tribunal for unfair dismissal following changes made to flexible working hours, has won her case and been awarded over £18,000.

The employment tribunal ruled that Emma Holt, who was a beauty therapist at the Bannatyne Fitness Centre in Carlisle, was unfairly dismissed and suffered sex discrimination, after she was made redundant over a disagreement about childcare arrangements.

The woman took her former employees to an employment tribunal over unfair dismissal and sex discrimination

Employment tribunal victory for beauty therapist struggling with childcare arrangements © Copyright Colin Smith and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Emma had worked at the centre for nearly 10 years and had a flexible working arrangement with her employers. She worked Monday to Friday for childcare reasons and would only work on a weekend if it was to cover for a sick colleague, or for other special circumstances, as she struggled to arrange childcare for her son.

At the start of 2016, Emma was told by senior managers that she had to work weekends but she refused. She did however look into paid childcare options but none were available in her area for weekend care.

The employment tribunal heard that Emma made a formal complaint but no meaningful investigation was carried out by senior managers and she was eventually made redundant.

“Enforcing a change to my work pattern is breaching my flexible work agreement. I do feel this is unfair on the grounds that I have worked continually for the company and with very little absence over the 10 years, for either myself or my child,” Emma told her former employer.

Holt won her tribunal case on the grounds she was unfairly dismissed and suffered sex discrimination but her claim that she was victimised by her former employers was refused.

Holt was awarded £18,399 in total – £10,399 for unfair dismissal and £8,000 for injury to feelings.

Her former employer admitted unfair dismissal but refused to accept the sex discrimination charges.

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Sacked for not bowing to boss, hears employment tribunal

Financial manager takes former employers to employment tribunal over the claims

A former financial manager of a company in the UK has taken her old firm to court over claims she was sacked from her position after refusing to bow to her boss.

Misook McDonald, aged 43, who worked for the Korean firm Dongbu Daewoo Electronics, based in the village of Winnersh, in Wokingham, Berkshire, claims she was demoted from her position at the firm after her “furious” director boss challenged her about not bowing to him in the morning and at the end of the working day.

Financial manager takes former employers to employment tribunal over the claims

Wharfedale Road, Winnersh Triange – where the electronics sales company are based © Copyright Colin Bates and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Mrs McDonald claims that the director made her make coffee instead and says that after confronting her boss, Ho Seung Yoo, he replied: “Isn’t that what female workers should do?” She is suing the firms UK headquarters for age, sex and racial discrimination.

Mrs McDonald informed the managing director of the company, Mr Chong Park, in August 2015 about her issues with Mr Yoo. She was eventually signed off work because of stress.

Mr Yoo and the firm have denied all claims made by Mrs McDonald. Mr Yoo said: “The suggestion raised by Mrs McDonald as to me demanding that she bow to me is simply not true.”

During the tribunal, it was heard that Mrs McDonald, who is from the village of Sonning, in Berkshire and has an English father and a South Korean mother, believes that her position at the firm was taken from her because she is not a British white male.

The tribunal continues.

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