Weʼve raised £0 to Pay an justified cost award which was awarded in error - this is an unknown consequence of whistleblowing.
- Closed on Saturday, 1st December 2018
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I was approached by a reputable employment agency to work on an NHS Direct contract as a health advisor. I had previously worked for this agency at Oldham College and doing Ofsted inspection admin support, I considered this to be a reputable agency who got their facts right. The position was not directly employed with the NHS but by what turned out to be the American owned outsourcing company from hell. After receiving completely inadequate training in a classroom for 5 weeks, we were unleashed (totally unprepared on to the public). We then underwent further shambolic training because the NHS Direct was becoming 111. To cut a very long story short what should have been a nice little job to support my daughter at a crucial stage of her education, turned into a living hell. I raised concerns about our lack of training, patient safety and staff welfare but this did then and always fell on deaf ears. I eventually blew the whistle and was sacked for my trouble something that I was told could not happen ie whistleblowers cannot suffer detriment and certainly not be dismissed was the only mantra I heard at the time. As this company had financially ruined me even before I was dismissed and we had no union representation I tried to represent myself in the employment tribunal. In the very early stages I received a cost award which I now know should never have been awarded as the stages to the legal test were not applied or my circumstances taken into account. There is a very high bar to costs in the tribunal and costs are to be compensatory not punitive which this is. However, this is what happens when an unrepresented litigant in person who was very ill tried to access justice, after receiving some initial legal advice paid for by a relative. I hope that someone can help because this sword of Damocles is ruining my life. I also never knew that there were costs in an employment tribunal and access to justice could mean bankruptcy or homelessness.
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