Journalist Liz Allen has won her constructive dismissal case against Independent Newspapers. The Employment Appeals Tribunal awarded Ms Allen over £70,000.
She was formerly employed as a Crime Correspondent with the Sunday Independent newspaper. The Tribunal found that she had been constructively dismissed, and did not contribute in any way to her dismissal. The finding of the Tribunal was unanimous.
Liz Allen told the Tribunal that she had been isolated at work, and had had her confidence and health undermined. This, she said, had left her with no option but to resign.
The hearing was told that two colleagues in particular had been hostile towards Ms Allen, that she had heard that other crime correspondents were being recruited for the paper, and that she had made attempts to have the matters resolved internally.
She was found to have suffered a financial loss for a period of almost two years from the date of dismissal, and awarded compensation of over £70,000. Liz Allen said afterwards that she felt vindicated by the decision.
Independent Newspapers had denied Ms Allen's claims. They now have six weeks during which to lodge an appeal. A spokesman for the company said that they were examining the ruling and had no further comment to make at this stage.