Employment tribunal for Charity Commission 'whistleblower' concludes

Former employee David Orbison claims he was victimised by the regulator after he criticised its handling of a case

David Orbison
David Orbison

An employment tribunalhas concluded its public hearings in the case of a former Charity Commission employee seeking more than £200,000 in compensation for constructive dismissal.

Over two weeks, the tribunal was told that a former case officer, David Orbison, was victimised by staff at the Charity Commission after accusing the regulator of a "miscarriage of justice" for deciding not to use its statutory powers against the charity African Aids Action.

The commission argued Orbison’s case was "less than hopeless" and that there was no evidence he had been victimised.

At the hearing, Orbison said he had developed a stress and anxiety condition that left him unable to work. He resigned in November 2010.

The tribunal panel has reserved judgment on the case and scheduled two days next week for a private discussion of it. If the panel decides in favour of Orbison, there could be a further hearing to decide how much compensation he should receive.

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