Awema finance director wins unfair dismissal case at Cardiff Employment Tribunal

The defunct charity's sacking of Saquib Zia was 'textbook example of how not to dismiss somebody', judge says

Cardiff Employment Tribunal
Cardiff Employment Tribunal

The finance director of the All Wales Ethnic Minority Association, which closed in February following a government investigation, has won an unfair dismissal case against the charity.

Saquib Zia was accused of gross misconduct and sacked by the charity’s board after a government investigation found "significant and fundamental failures" in the charity’s governance, leading the Welsh Assembly to cut all funding.

But at Cardiff Employment Tribunal, the judge, Roger Harper, said Zia’s sacking was a "textbook example of how not to dismiss somebody".

He said the charity had actively ignored its own procedures, and had not given Zia, who was signed off work with stress at the time of his dismissal, sufficient opportunity to defend himself.

Giving his verdict, the judge said Zia was "substantively and procedurally unfairly dismissed".

Zia was awarded only £4,010 in damages because the charity closed 12 days later, at which point all employees were made redundant.

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