In­ves­ti­ga­tion had ‘all the hall­marks of a trawl for ev­i­dence against the com­plainant’

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●● 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

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