02 August 2011 #Employment
The former Governor of the Tower of London has brought a claim in the London Central Employment Tribunal alleging he was sacked for trying to take on a culture of bullying, cannabis growing and financial impropriety amongst the Beefeaters. He is claiming unfair dismissal and seeking reinstatement.
Major General Keith Cima, who was appointed Governor in 2006, claimed that he discovered financial impropriety, private tours to see the Crown Jewels and accommodation rented out to young female tourists. He claims he was forced out of his job after he stood up to ‘bullies` tormenting Moira Cameron, the first woman to join the Beefeaters. He also claims he was hounded out because he criticised the Historic Royal Palaces` decision to publicly apologise and make a £60,000 out-of-court settlement to Yeoman Warder Mark Sanders-Crook - wrongly sacked in 2009 for alleged harassment of Miss Cameron.
In his statement Maj Gen Cima said: ‘I believe that I was unfairly dismissed and the reason and catalyst for this was that I had stood up against bullies, something I have done all my life in the Army.`
However, Chief Executive Michael Day claims that there had been numerous complaints about Maj Gen Cima`s difficult management style and inappropriate comments. According to Mr Day, Maj Gen Cima had tried to ‘lie and dissemble his way out of allegations` and therefore their trust and working relationship was beyond repair - resulting in his dismissal.
All claims by Maj Gen Cima have been denied and the hearing continues.