St Mungo's must pay £18,000 to victimised former employee

An employment tribunal concluded last year that the homelessness charity had victimised Leigh Andrews when she was refused work as a locum worker; the charity says it will appeal

The homelessness charity St Mungo’s has been told to pay almost £18,000 to a former staff member who was found to have been victimised after an abandoned bullying investigation from 14 years before. 

An employment tribunal last year concluded that Leigh Andrews, who used to work for Broadway before its merger with St Mungo’s in 2014, had been victimised after she was refused work as a locum worker for the charity because of allegations made and then dropped during a previous spell working for the charity in 2004.

St Mungo’s said it was appealing against the original judgment. 

Andrews had been asked in 2004 to discuss bullying allegations that had been made against her by her manager, but a disciplinary investigation was not pursued.

She left the charity the same year only to return to work with St Mungo’s between July 2017 and June 2018 as a freelance consultant, and in May 2018 successfully applied to be one of the charity’s bank of locum workers. 

But she then received an email from the charity saying her offer of locum work was being withdrawn because of information about her previous employment at Broadway. 

A tribunal last year concluded that this amounted to victimisation and ruled in her favour. 

A hearing to decide what compensation Andrews should receive was held in October and the judgment, published this week, says the charity should pay her £17,527, including £12,000 for injury to feelings and £4,007 for loss of earnings, plus interest on both of those sums. 

A St Mungo’s spokeswoman said: “St Mungo’s has been granted an oral hearing to consider its grounds of appeal, with a date still to be determined. 

“It is common in employment tribunal cases for a remedies judgment to be issued before the appeals process has been concluded.”

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