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Former Bromsgrove care home housekeeper alleges she was bullied
7:40am Monday 19th August 2013 in News
A FORMER housekeeper who served a Lickey Hills Care Home for six years is seeking compensation after alleging that bullying and harassment caused her to resign.
Christine McCoy also wants compensation against her former employers for disability discrimination after complaining the home did not make suitable adjustments to help her carry out her work.
Mrs McCoy, who has a physical disability, told Birmingham Employment Tribunal she could not work the floors and that she was pushed from pillar to post.
She also alleged she was checked on by management, faced derogatory comments from a manager, and was made to look bad in front of colleagues.
The tribunal was told Mrs McCoy considered one manager to be the worst she had ever worked with.
She was also allegedly blamed over administration matters, concerning the signing of orders.
Miss Caroline Jennings, representing Mrs McCoy, said: ”She came up against bullying behaviour and harassment.”
Mrs McCoy was seeking compensation for constructive unfair dismissal as well as disability discrimination against Craegmoor Health Care Co Ltd, which runs the Warren Lane care home that looks after people with dementia, physical disability and the infirm.
The respondents opposed the compensation claims and denied the bullying and harassment allegations.
Miss Catherine Souter, representing the respondents, said: “Mrs McCoy just did not get on well with a manager from the start – there was a personality dispute.
“She said she couldn’t work the floors which raised the question ‘how did she manage at home’.
“There was also the question of just what was Mrs McCoy capable of doing.”
Miss Souter denied Mrs McCoy had been pushed from pillar to post.
The tribunal had agreed, at a previous hearing, Mrs McCoy was disabled following an occupational health report.
Tribunal judge Mr David Battersby is expected to make a decision at a later date.
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