Woman wants £10k for job suspension

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First published in News

A council employee has said she wants more than £10,000 compensation from Oxfordshire County Council after being suspended from her job.

Elishia Meade was wrongly suspended for four months after lodging she made a complaint about being passed over for promotion in favour of a less-qualified competitor, Reading Employment Tribunal ruled.

The hearing in April heard that Ms Meade, 34, of Blackbird Leys, applied for the post of senior social inclusion officer in 2011 but was not shortlisted. When Ms Meade complained to her line manager Iain Watson she said she was “bullied” by staff.

In January 2012, she was suspended on full pay for 18 months during an investigation.

Mr Watson claimed that in May 2012 Ms Meade made a threatening phone call to him but an internal investigation found no evidence of it. That November he was reprimanded by council bosses for overlooking Ms Meade for promotion, and later resigned.

Employment judge Robert Salter dismissed 11 of Ms Meade’s 13 claims against the council but found it wrongly kept her from returning to work between May and September 2012 after Mr Watson’s allegation.

The council said it would appeal, because Ms Meade was signed off sick in June 2012 and so, a spokesman said, “she could not have returned to work”.

Mr Salter ruled on June 5 that the council “victimised” her.

The case has been adjourned for a remedy hearing later this year.

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8:19am Thu 24 Jul 14

CowleyBoy says...

The worst thing about this story is that there is a job, paid for by us, with the title "Senior Social Inclusion Officer".
The worst thing about this story is that there is a job, paid for by us, with the title "Senior Social Inclusion Officer". CowleyBoy
  • Score: 12

8:55am Thu 24 Jul 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

this happens daily in the "real world" of the private sector.. its amazing what the public sector workers get away with when they have trade union backing
this happens daily in the "real world" of the private sector.. its amazing what the public sector workers get away with when they have trade union backing yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 5

10:01am Thu 24 Jul 14

Oxwatch says...

Over 80% of what this lady claimed was dismissed. Losing out on promotion is one thing - I'm sure she was disappointed - but expecting to be paid £10,000 of tax-payers money for sour grapes is another.
Over 80% of what this lady claimed was dismissed. Losing out on promotion is one thing - I'm sure she was disappointed - but expecting to be paid £10,000 of tax-payers money for sour grapes is another. Oxwatch
  • Score: 14

8:10pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

I hope she can whistle, because that's what she should be told to do.
I hope she can whistle, because that's what she should be told to do. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 5

10:15pm Thu 24 Jul 14

kiddyboy says...

Didn't mind being on full pay for 1 1/2 years while suspended.......... greedy piece of sh#t
should never have been in the council....only given the job because she.................
....innit;)
Didn't mind being on full pay for 1 1/2 years while suspended.......... greedy piece of sh#t should never have been in the council....only given the job because she................. ....innit;) kiddyboy
  • Score: 2

8:45am Sat 26 Jul 14

Parmesan says...

We all know that the most qualified applicant is not always the best of the bunch. And sometimes it is the intangible qualities an applicant possesses that count more. Making a complaint about not being appointed to a job rather proves the point. And expecting £10,000 in addition to the full pay she received while suspended demonstrates an unacceptable and highly developed sense of entitlement and greed. One suspects these qualities might have something to do with her failure to get the job. And one can only hope, for the sake of hard-pressed tax payers, that her selfish and unreasonable attitude has not rendered her unemployable.
We all know that the most qualified applicant is not always the best of the bunch. And sometimes it is the intangible qualities an applicant possesses that count more. Making a complaint about not being appointed to a job rather proves the point. And expecting £10,000 in addition to the full pay she received while suspended demonstrates an unacceptable and highly developed sense of entitlement and greed. One suspects these qualities might have something to do with her failure to get the job. And one can only hope, for the sake of hard-pressed tax payers, that her selfish and unreasonable attitude has not rendered her unemployable. Parmesan
  • Score: 3

4:09pm Wed 30 Jul 14

zho says...

This isn’t the first time that Elishia Meade has pursued a ‘grievance’, nor will it be the first time she has received a financial settlement. I imagine that prospective employers will take note.
This isn’t the first time that Elishia Meade has pursued a ‘grievance’, nor will it be the first time she has received a financial settlement. I imagine that prospective employers will take note. zho
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