Lepra ends third case out of court

The third of four employment tribunal cases that involve overseas medical charity Lepra has been settled out of court, just over a month before the hearing was due to begin.

Jane Frame, who was head office fundraising manager at Lepra, has dropped her case for sex discrimination and constructive dismissal after accepting a payment of £2,500 from the charity.

Another case brought by her husband, Doug Frame, who also worked at the charity, began on Monday.

Rokunuz Zaman, the first Lepra employee to bring a case against the charity, won his constructive dismissal claim last year, while former staff member Alistair Heron agreed to an out-of-court settlement (Third Sector, 10 October 2007).

Bernard Farmer, Lepra's director of development, told Third Sector: "The employment tribunal system gives us little opportunity to cover our costs if we win our case, so if we can agree costs instead of running a trial, that's what we will do."

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