British Red Cross drops tribunal costs claim

The British Red Cross has decided against recovering costs from a former employee who took the charity to a tribunal.

The £10,000 costs relate to a case last year where an employment tribunal in Stratford, east London, rejected claims of unfair dismissal, race, age and disability discrimination made by former staff member Jackie Rutherford.

At the time, Third Sector writes, British Red Cross HR manager for the south east Martyn Dicker said the charity had a responsibility to its beneficiaries to recoup costs.

But last month a written judgement from the tribunal cited breaches of procedure on the part of the charity, prompting it to change its mind.

Dicker said last week: “We feel it would be best to focus our energies on delivering vital services to vulnerable people in crisis, rather than spend any more time or money on this matter.”

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