Sacked staffer was unfairly dismissed

A former IT director at the drug, alcohol and mental health charity Turning Point has won a claim of unfair dismissal at the employment tribunal.

Ibukun Adebayo claimed unfair dismissal by the charity on the grounds of religious and racial bias after she complained about comments she had found in emails written by David Hoare, deputy chief executive of Turning Point, in April 2013. Turning Point said it was appealing against the ruling.

Lawrence Davies of the law firm Equal Justice, who represented Adebayo, said the tribunal heard that Hoare referred to Adebayo as "Looney Tunes" in an email to Lord Victor Adebowale, chief executive of Turning Point, and made fun of her Christian beliefs.

When Adebayo complained, she was dismissed from her job in August 2013 for hacking into staff emails, Davies said, while Hoare was given a formal warning by the charity.

The tribunal found that Adebayo's actions were gross misconduct but it had been disproportionate to dismiss her while Hoare retained his job.

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