Investigation had ‘all the hallmarks of a trawl for evidence against the complainant’
●● was suspended after he reported the incident the next day.
Following a disciplinary process the staff member was found to have acted in ‘gross misconduct’ and was given a final written members.
After being told to attend a ‘probationary review meeting’ he felt the claims had only arisen after reporting the violent incident from July 22, 2017, and there had been a ‘con- Google Maps certed effort by some staff to cause trouble for him’.
Mr Ahmed’s employment was terminated on September 10, 2017, and the decision was upheld after an appeal hearing where operations director Gerald Taylor said his explanations were ‘unsatisfactory’.
Tribunal judge Marion Batten said Mr HenleyAdams’ investigation had ‘all the hallmarks of a trawl for evidence against the complainant’ and that the questions posed to staff members were ‘leading and often concerned matters which were not relevant’.
The judge said there was ‘little attempt to probe or check out’ the ‘vague or generalised’ comments and concluded that ‘ no effective investigation was conducted’.
The tribunal was told that two weeks before the incident Mr Ahmed attended a supervision meeting and was found to be ‘positive’ and ‘a valued member of the team’.
Incidents of occasional lateness and using the internet at work were resolved.
The tribunal ordered the home’s owner Randomlight Ltd to pay Mr Ahmed £30,932.55 in compensation. The home did not respond to a request for a comment.
Heightside House Nursing Home in Rawtenstall