Halesowen woman's bullying boss claims rejected

11:21am Thursday 27th March 2014

A HALESOWEN mother who made whistleblowing disclosures against the NHS over alleged bullying by her boss and less favourable treatment by staff has lost her legal claims.

The accusations Lisa Jennings of Greenhill Road, Halesowen as she sought compensation against Lisa Jennings claimed sex discrimination, victimisation, unpaid wages, detrimental treatment for making a whistleblowing disclosure and constructive unfair dismissal against the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.

The mother-of-one claimed at a Birmingham Employment Tribunal that she was bullied by her boss while working in the trust’s membership office.

She described his behaviour as “unacceptable” and alleged this contributed to her suffering from stress and other ailments which caused her to go on sick leave.

Miss Jennings, of Greenhill Road, claimed she was once “cornered” in the staff kitchen by her boss, who has since retired, and shouted at.

She accused him of being aggressive, bullying her and being intimidating and said she eventually resigned in protest over the alleged way she had been treated.

Miss Jennings also complained of being undermined, subjected to unfavourable treatment by five other staff members and experiencing financial hardship through 50 per cent loss of pay following a transfer.

The tribunal was also told there had been proposals to reduce her work hours and Miss Jennings complained she had been told that she had been described as a “square peg in a round hole”.

The trust, which is based at Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, had opposed her legal claims and denied the allegations.

The respondents denied an allegation that Miss Jennings’ boss was a “grumpy old man” who could be distracted by her wearing a low-cut top.

After a hearing lasting several days tribunal judge John van Gelder adjourned his ruling, but has now rejected all five legal claims.

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