08 March 2013 #Employment
PC Mike Baillon claimed he was forced out of his job after he was filmed smashing a disabled pensioner’s car window with his truncheon, after he was seen driving along country roads without a seatbelt.
Mr Baillion stated that his colleagues made fun of him and defaced his locker at work. The video of the footage was uploaded onto YouTube and viewed more than 30 million times.
An internal investigation took place and Mr Baillon was cleared of misconduct but removed from his frontline duties in the traffic squad to a local policing team. His colleagues continued to bring up the incident on a daily basis and he became a laughing stock. They thought that he had done wrong and was lucky to have got away with it.
The tribunal ruled that Mr Baillon was unfairly dismissed from the traffic squad after writing a ‘whistle-blowing’ letter to the force raising a number of concerns at how his case was handled. It is yet to be decided as to how much compensation Mr Ballion should receive but it is likely to be a six figure sum because of loss of earnings and pension entitlements.
The case highlights the importance of employers carrying out investigations and disciplinaries carefully and privately. Questions should also be raised as to how the CCTV footage in this particular case became viral in a short space of time.