Accountant must wait on compensation decision
An accountant who was unfairly dismissed after blowing the whistle on his employer will have to wait to find out how much compensation he will receive.
Telecoms business Netcom Consultants UK sacked Antonio Fernandes on 15 December 1999 following an internal disciplinary hearing into non-payment of the company’s tax and pension fund contributions.
After hearing evidence from both sides and from a recruitment consultant, a North London tribunal was today unable to decide on the level of Fernandes? compensation because of a lack of time.
The case is the first ‘whistleblower’ unfair dismissal case under the Public Interest Disclosure provisions. At a hearing last month, the employment tribunal concluded that Fernandes had been intimidated and pressurised to resign by Netcom’s management so that the firm’s financial affairs could be covered up.