Unfairly dismissed and facing the prospect of being struck off? Read this post on how I recently helped a client successfully conclude a claim for unfair dismissal and have the referral to her regulatory body closed down with no further action.
I recently represented a client in her claim for Unfair Dismissal and in relation to an investigation by her regulatory body.
Miss X had over ten years of service with her employer. During her employment she had always been praised for her work and received glowing reports year in and year out. She also had a clear disciplinary record and had never been referred to her regulatory body before.
Unfortunately, following some changes at work, Miss X became unwell and was suffering with stress and depression. Miss X legitimately felt her employer was responsible for her illness. Accordingly, she raised a grievance which set out the nature of her concerns, and the impact these concerns were having on her health.
Within just a week of submitting her formal grievance, Miss X was suspended from work, accused of Gross Misconduct. A month later, she was dismissed with immediate effect and referred by the employer to her regulatory body. A referral of the nature in question placed Miss X at risk of never working in her chosen sector again.
Miss X was devastated and instructed me to assist her. I guided Miss X through the disciplinary process, ACAS Early Conciliation, and her claims in the Employment Tribunal. I was also instructed to respond on my client’s behalf to the investigation conducted by the regulatory body.
It was always my view that my client was innocent and had been targeted for unfair treatment and unfairly dismissed as a result of voicing her concerns.
Within a short period of time of submitting a detailed statement and a bundle of evidence to my client’s regulatory body, they confirmed they were taking no action and so closed the case. However, the Employment Tribunal process lasted much longer and did not reach a final hearing until over 12 months later.
On the first day of the final hearing and for the first time, the employer made significant settlement proposals which resulted in Miss X receiving almost a full year’s salary. The employer also wrote to the regulatory body confirming that Miss X’s dismissal for gross misconduct was rescinded.
Miss X finally got the justice she deserved, and I received the following lovely feedback “I don’t know how to begin to thank you for your help, guidance and support through this process. It is truly appreciated”.
If you have been unfairly dismissed or face investigation by your regulatory body such as the Health & Care Professionals Council, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Nursing & Midwifery Council, or others, I can help. Please call me on 01522 440512, by email at ContactUs@lincslaw.com or visit our website for further information – www.lincslaw.co.uk
Specialist Employment Law Solicitor