Charity must pay almost £9k to cleaner it employed below minimum wage

Manor Residents Association in Hartlepool will appeal an employment tribunal decision to award money to Linda Gooding, its former cleaner

Manor Residents Association
Manor Residents Association

A charity has been ordered to pay almost £9,000 to a former employee after it failed to pay her the minimum wage and repeatedly did not pay her on time.

Manor Residents Association, which provides courses, advice and children’s services in Hartlepool, was last week ordered to pay more than £8,800 to Linda Gooding, its former cleaner, by an employment tribunal at Teesside Magistrates Court in Middlesbrough. The charity said it would appeal against the ruling.

Gooding, who had worked for the charity since 2010, claimed for constructive dismissal after she left in December. She said the charity repeatedly failed to pay her on time.

"I was supposed to be paid weekly, but I was sometimes not getting paid for three weeks," she told Third Sector. "I wasn’t able to pay for certain things that I’m responsible for."

Gooding said she was awarded £3,395.92 in compensation, £3,196.16 for loss of earnings and £916.12 for not having been given a written statement of employment by the charity.

She was also awarded £687.09 for not being paid the minimum wage after it emerged during the hearing that she was being paid less than the legal low of £6.19 an hour.

Gooding said she was paid £200 for 37 hours work a week by the charity, equating to £5.40 an hour. "Until the hearing I wasn’t aware that I had been getting less than the minimum wage," she said.

Gooding was also awarded £259.74 for unnotified deductions, because the charity had been deducting national insurance even though she was not paid the minimum wage, and £350 for the loss of her statutory rights.

Gooding said she had become depressed when she couldn’t meet her bills because the charity had not  paid her on time.

But she said she was pleased with the outcome of the hearing. "I’m just glad I was proved right," she said. "It isn’t so much about the money; I just don’t ever want to be put in that position again. I’ve worked all my life and I’ve never been treated like that before."

Angela Wilcox, manager of the Manor Residents Association, said she was unable to comment on the outcome of the hearing because the charity’s solicitors were going through the process of appealing the decision.

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