Dismissal cost care home £4,000

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A Scottish care home must pay an employee £4,000 in compensation for not following correct procedures when dismissing her. Glasgow Care must pay the award to Kathleen Telford, a care assistant at Castlehead nursing home, Paisley, after she was dismissed following an altercation with another female employee. The tribunal heard that there was a history of conflict between the two women which had resulted in a ferocious argument when Ms Telford had threatened to knife her co-worker. Three weeks later Ms Telford received a letter from management stating that she was being suspended pending an enquiry into her conduct. She then attended a disciplinary hearing after which she was sacked for gross misconduct. However, during the course of these proceedings the tribunal ruled that Ms Telford had not been made fully aware of the exact nature of the allegations against her thus making it more difficult to defend herself. The tribunal had reduced the award by 15 per cent, however, saying Ms Telford had been partly to b

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