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Sacked whistleblower wins tribunal judgement against Tower Hamlets

PUBLISHED: 18:06 28 March 2014 | UPDATED: 18:31 28 March 2014

A whistleblower sacked by Tower Hamlets council after accusing her boss of bullying in the office has won her case for wrongful dismissal.

Eboni Addoh has had her claim upheld by the East London Employment Tribunal after being dismissed from her job in the Looked After children’s unit of the Town Hall’s Education & Social Care department.

The agency worker claimed her first manager in 2012 had made “false and malicious allegations” which led to her being bullied and harassed out of her job.

Eboni was dismissed last year with a week’s notice after 15 months in the job with no employment rights, including the right against unfair dismissal because of her agency status, her lawyer Michael McDonough said after yesterday’s hearing. But agency workers are entitled to make such claims in Whistleblowing cases, he added.

Ms Addoh’s manager up to December that year was subject to a grievance complaint by a member of her department alleging bullying and harassment.

She gave evidence with other employees and a report was finally released in March which upheld the claims.

But she was told last April that her previous manager had accused her of making false accusations of malpractice over missing timesheets that she had investigated several months earlier.

Eboni, who was sacked last June, had never accused her former manager of anything, her lawyer told the tribunal. She made a Protected Disclosure or ‘whistleblowing’ statement that the former manager was making “a false and malicious allegation” and was thereby being bullied and harassed in retaliation for having given evidence against her.

Ms Addoh was backed by the Unison trade union which maintained that her dismissal was “because she had blown the whistle.”

The Employment Tribunal found in her favour yesterday. She was later awarded compensation today for “injury to feelings”.

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