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Teacher awarded £70,000 compensation for unfair dismissal

A teacher has successfully claimed a substantial amount of employment compensation after a court ruled that she had been unfairly dismissed from a secure unit for problem youngsters.

The Tribunal was told that she was accused of breaking rules over disciplining a youngster, having poor relationships with colleagues and breaking health and safety rules.

A hearing in September 2012 found she had been unfairly dismissed and awarded over £18,000 for loss of earnings.

She was subsequently awarded a further £52,400 in a second hearing, the maximum amount a tribunal can award in compensation.

Following the hearing, the ex-teacher said:

“The case has destroyed my career and I am pleased to have won.

“I believe the problems arose because I didn’t get on with my line manager. I was accused of five allegations.

“One, which was ridiculous, was that I pruned a bush without performing a risk assessment.”

She added:

“I am so pleased with the result. To prove my innocence and show that I have been unfairly treated was my goal and I now feel vindicated.”

A spokesman for Sheffield Council commented:

“We note the result of the tribunal and we are looking into appealing the decision.

“It would be inappropriate for us to comment further than this at this time.”

If you feel you have been unfairly treated in the worklplace, contact our employment law specialists today on 0800 1979 345.