Ex-school worker loses tribunal



A former Rishworth School employee has lost an employment tribunal for unfair dismissal against the school.

Roy Pearson, 42, was sacked after an investigation led by the school bursar Joanne Clague found he had initiated an altercation between himself and his boss.

Mr Pearson, former assistant site services manager, was involved in a row with Paul Bishop over an accident form after Mr Pearson injured himself repairing a radiator.

Mr Bishop re-wrote the incident on a new form but Mr Pearson would not sign it.

Mr Bishop alleged that Mr Pearson had pushed him against a door, causing his elbow to go through a glass pane.

But Mr Pearson alleged he was attacked and violence between them resulted in the door slamming shut, causing the pane to shatter.

Mr Pearson’s wife Deborah, who represented her husband, told the tribunal: “We came here with a genuine belief that fair process has not been followed. There was a poor investigation process and it was not as good as it could have been.”

But, finding in favour of the school, Judge Kevin Fletcher said: “Joanne Clague conducted a thorough investigation and I believe the school was entitled to terminate Mr Pearson’s contract as he had committed gross misconduct.”


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