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Woman who claimed the way she was treated by her employer was worse than suffering from cancer wins £8,000

15 November 2010 #Employment

Sandra Goad, who had battled breast cancer in 2001, was awarded £8,000 in damages from Relate, her former employer, by the Leeds employment tribunal.

Ms Goad resigned after an 18 month investigation into a false accusation that she had breached a client`s confidentiality. Although the investigation exonerated her, Ms Goad felt she could not continue in her role because the complainant was not informed of her innocence and she believed that her reputation and integrity as a counsellor had been severely undermined.

Ms Goad had brought a claim of constructive unfair dismissal, which was upheld by the Tribunal who described her treatment by Relate as unjust and indefensible.

Ms Goad told the Telegraph & Argus here that: "It was worse than having cancer, to be found guilty by my employers of something I hadn`t done.

"I was devastated by how I was treated - my work was my whole self. The accusation was an attack on me ethically. I was shocked and traumatised and broke down because my name and professionalism was smeared and I could do nothing about it."

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