Sacked charity chief reinstated

A disability charity found to have unfairly dismissed its chief executive has been ordered to reinstate her.

An employment tribunal in Manchester ruled last week that Disability Action Yorkshire must re-employ Judith Oliver and backdate her pay to November 2006, when she was sacked. Oliver was suspended in May 2006 for what the charity said was setting an inappropriate budget.

The charity had already been instructed to concede the case (Third Sector, 9 January). Both Oliver and Disability Action Yorkshire declined to comment.

The charity also declined to comment on the future of current director Jackie Snape, who was appointed permanently after Oliver's departure.

Richie Alder, a partner in the employment department at law firm Trowers & Hamlins, said it was very rare for tribunals to order that claimants be reinstated.

"It is extremely unusual," he said. "Dealing with the number of claims we do, which is hundreds a year, it is once in a blue moon that reinstatement is ordered."

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