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Bankhall &#39whistleblower&#39 claims unfair dismissal

Bankhall Investment Associates is facing an employment tribunal brought by a former employee alleging unfair dismissal for whistleblowing.

The hearing is scheduled to take place in Manchester for three days from November 12.

The former employee, Ian Stephens, is believed to have been a finance director at the IFA support services group for a short period last year.

As part of his original application, Stephens alleges breach of contract and unfair dismissal because of exercising rights under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1988.

This act protects workers who “blow the whistle” about wrongdoing. It gives them a statutory right to protection if they disclose information about their employer that they believe to be in the public interest.

Bankhall director of marketing Tony Murrell says: “I can confirm that this claim is subject to an industrial tribunal that we will vigorously defend but in the circumstances it is inappropriate to make any further comment.”

Solicitor Karen Walker of Nelsons Solicitors, which is representing Stephens, says: “We are still at the early stage of proceedings. It is a matter of public record that my client believes that under the PID Act his employment was terminated and he was penalised for making a disclosure.

“Normally, reinstatement is not a practical option. In most tribunals, either the case is settled or it goes to a further hearing.”


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