Museum charity told to pay £48,000 to employee over unfair dismissal

23 May 2018 News

A museum charity has been told to pay more than £48,000 to an employee who was unfairly dismissed, according to a judgment published last week.

The Royal Air Force Museum was told to pay just under £10,300 as a basic award, and more than £37,700 in compensation, to a Mr C Reilly, who it employed between 1994 and 2016. 

Reilly had been told he had to transfer from a job as a controller, working on security, in which he could earn up to £38,000 a year including overtime and night shifts, to a job as a visitor experience supervisor, paying a maximum of £25,000 a year.

Reilly contended that the new job he was being offered was not a suitable alternative, and that he had therefore been made redundant from the point that his contract as a controller finished. But the museum refused to pay him any redundancy, saying he remained employed.

Following a hearing in Watford on 14 and 15 March, Judge McNeill ruled that the museum had dismissed Reilly and he was therefore entitled to redundancy.

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