Forty-year employee wins unfair dismissal claim against BT

Thursday 17 December 2015

Trevor Edwards, who had worked for British Telecommunications (BT) for almost 40 years before being dismissed, has recently won an unfair dismissal claim against the company. He was represented by David Renton of Garden Court Chambers’ Employment Team.

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After returning to work having had an operation, Trevor was moved into a different unit and, soon after, was placed on a performance ‘coaching plan’. Contrary to BT’s procedures, Trevor was ‘marked down’, despite being new to the role. He was eventually given notice that his employment would be terminated. Though BT said it had considered other roles for him, no effort was made to place Trevor in a different role.

Trevor made a successful claim for unfair dismissal at the employment tribunal during which he was supported by Garden Court’s David Renton, Prospect negotiator, Johanna Baxter, and legal officer, Jane Copley.

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