Argento successfully defends whistle blowing claim

Jewellery business Argento has won an employment tribunal case involving a former employee, Mr Richard Ferguson.  Mr Ferguson was dismissed from his role as Business Manager with Argento after just six weeks in the role for Gross Misconduct during his probationary period in September 2016.

Mr Ferguson then took unfair dismissal action against the company, claiming he was fired for acting as a whistle blower.

Rhys Jones, Partner at Johnsons Solicitors, who represented Argento Contemporary Jewellery Ltd, said:

“Johnsons have acted for Argento for many years and are pleased with the outcome of this complex employment tribunal case.  Mr Ferguson raised a claim against Argento claiming that he had made protected disclosures during the course of his employment and that this was the reason for his dismissal.  The Industrial Tribunal dismissed all claims put forward by Mr Ferguson and found that his contract of employment was indeed terminated for Gross Misconduct, following an investigation into Mr Ferguson’s attitude and behaviour.”

During the course of the hearing, which lasted for five days, the tribunal heard that conversations with certain staff and management were covertly recorded by Mr Ferguson during his six weeks’ service with Argento, without consent.

On the last day of the hearing, a witness had come forward, having seen press reports of the ongoing proceedings, to inform the company that Mr Ferguson had raised a similar claim against a former employer and that the High Court had granted injunctions against Mr Ferguson, in respect of matters arising out of the termination of his former employment.

Peter Boyle, Director of Argento added:

“I am extremely pleased with the decision of the tribunal and the confirmation that my position and my team’s position has been entirely vindicated.”

Mr Ferguson represented himself during the tribunal.

For further information contact Sarah Stitt at Morrow Communications on 028 9039 3837 or at s.stitt@morrowcommunications.com

Dec, 21, 2017

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