Lepra drops appeal against unfair dismissal case

Medical aid charity Lepra has called off its attempt to challenge the basis on which a former employee successfully brought a case of unfair dismissal.

Rokunuz Zaman, who served as Bangladesh programme officer for Lepra between 2004 and 2005, accused the charity of constructive dismissal and race discrimination (Third Sector, 11 July).

Lepra's appeal, due to be heard tomorrow, was on the grounds that Zaman did not follow legal procedures correctly. Rules say employees must communicate grievances to employers in writing before going to tribunals. Lepra's case was that Zaman's grievance letter was sent to its trustees, who were not Zaman's employers but "members" of the charity.

Bernard Farmer, director of development at Lepra, said: "The advice is for us not to go ahead." He did not explain why the appeal had been abandoned.

The original tribunal ruled that Zaman had been unfairly dismissed but had not demonstrated he had been treated unfavourably because of his race.

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