National Trust must pay £7,000 to dismissed employee

A tribunal in Birmingham found that the charity had broken Dr J Hubbard's contract by dismissing her without notice

The National Trust has been ordered by an employment tribunal to pay a former employee more than £7,000.

In a ruling released by the tribunal this week after a hearing in Birmingham in June, the judge said the charity had breached the claimant’s contract of employment by dismissing her without notice.

The charity was also found to have failed to pay expenses to the claimant, who is identified only as Dr J Hubbard in the ruling, and had not paid accrued holiday pay after her dismissal.

The ruling said the National Trust should pay a £7,077.41 in damages.

This included £5,767.91 for dismissing Hubbard without notice, £422.07 in outstanding expenses and £887.43 in holiday pay.

Hubbard was told to pay the charity £547.02 for breaching her contract by not working on certain days in April 2017.

Claims of sex and age discrimination, plus other claims of breach of contract, were dismissed by the tribunal judge.

The published ruling did not provide further details of the dispute between Hubbard and the National Trust, including Hubbard’s role at the charity, but said the reasons for the judgment had been provided to both parties by the judge at the hearing.

A spokesman for the National Trust said the charity "does not comment on internal matters of this nature" and declined to provide any further details of the case.

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