Unfair dismissal following a case of whistleblowing

A former carer was found to be wrongfully dismissed after raising concerns about neglect in 2020. After witnessing the neglect of residents, she reported the issues to both the care home manager and the area manager.

Some time later, the same carer was dismissed for an allegation relating to misuse of social media. She was distressed that these allegations were unfounded and took her case to an employment tribunal.  The tribunal found that the dismissal was unfounded as the allegations lacked substance.

She won her case on the grounds that she was a whistleblower and that she had made a protected disclosure when she reported the allegations of abuse. Whistleblowers are protected under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, which includes protection from detriment or dismissal as the result of making such a disclosure.

121 HR Solutions can provide independent and impartial support to investigate such allegations to avoid a whistleblower being wrongly targeted. Contact us at enquiries@121hrsolutions.co.uk.

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