Whistleblowing Sales Manager Wins Tribunal Case

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Whistleblowing Sales Manager Wins Tribunal Case


A SALES manager sacked by a designer clothing company for blowing the whistle on a colleague she claimed was stealing stock has won her case for unfair dismissal.

Lesley Gray was also awarded just over pounds 3,800 compensation from Hugo Boss following her industrial tribunal last month.

Although she said last night she was absolutely thrilled, she told The Journal that her win was never about the money but about principle.

With 30 years' experience in retail, Mrs Gray, of Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, had been employed as assistant manager with the concession at Newcastle city centre department store Fenwick, from February 2007.

But concession bosses dismissed her four months later following allegations she made to both her area manager and general manager that a colleague had been stealing stock.

Although the allegation of theft was dismissed, the tribunal found that Mrs Gray had every reason to believe that her colleague had been taking stock.

Calling her evidence clear and credible, it went on to add: "We are satisfied that there was no ulterior motives for the disclosures."

The quality of Mrs Gray's work was never called into question. An internal investigation was held by Hugo Boss managers while she was still working which, the panel added, must have been a very stressful time for her.

In a statement finding that she was unfairly dismissed, the tribunal panel said: "The principle reason for the claimant's dismissal was that she had made the protected disclosure (to her area manager). …

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