Citizens Advice bureau told to pay additional £17k to unfairly dismissed employee

Former advice worker Vass Charalambous had already been awarded almost £24k for injury to feelings, unfair dismissal and loss of statutory rights

An employment tribunal has told a Citizens Advice bureau to pay an additional £17,261 to a disabled former employee it unfairly dismissed – bringing the total sum payable to more than £40,000.

In February, Watford Employment Tribunal ordered Citizens Advice Haringey to pay almost £24,000 to former community advice worker Vass Charalambous for injury to feelings, unfair dismissal and loss of statutory rights.

Charalambous, who suffered various medical conditions that affected her wrist, shoulder and spine, was employed by the bureau from 2002 until her dismissal in 2016.

The tribunal ruled that the bureau failed in its duty to make reasonable adjustments for her disability and was guilty of indirect disability discrimination and unfair dismissal. But it rejected a claim of direct disability discrimination.

According to documents published by the tribunal on Friday, a final remedy hearing this month awarded Charalambous a further £17,261 for loss of earnings.

The documents say the claimant suffered loss of earnings worth £24,640, based on her being paid £320 for working 28.8 hours a week over a 77-week period.

After deductions of £8,745 for Employment and Support Allowance and additions for pension payments and interest, the total sum awarded at the remedy hearing came to £17,261.

In a statement, Citizens Advice Haringey said: "We fully accept the employment tribunal’s final decision.

"We’d like to reassure the people in our community who rely on us for advice that this will not affect our service."

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