A woman who was sacked from her job after posting derogatory comments about Prince George on social media has lost her legal battle.
In August 2016, Angela Gibbins had been dismissed from her role as head of global estates at the British Council after remarks on Facebook about the young Royal caused a storm of controversy.
Ms Gibbins believed the comments, which later attracted a flurry of criticism in the national media, were only visible to friends.
The British Council, which is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations, subsequently launched an internal inquiry and found that the manager had brought the charity into disrepute.
Following her dismissal last year, Ms Gibbins lodged a Tribunal claim, alleging she had been wrongfully dismissed and been discriminated against because of her republican views.
The Employment Tribunal, which heard the case over the summer, has now dismissed her arguments, ruling that she lost her job because she had associated herself with a “distasteful” attack on a small child.
“Clearly the claimant deserves some sympathy for her slip of judgement, but that does not mean the decision was unfair,” the Tribunal ruled.
A spokeswoman for the charity said: “While we recognise the difficult nature of this process for all involved, we are pleased that the Tribunal has found in our favour in relation to all of the claims.
“The British Council looks to act with integrity and respect in all that we do to promote the UK and our position in the world.”
At Hethertons Solicitors we can advise on drafting a clear, unambiguous social media policy, as well as offering guidance on dismissal proceedings. Email Jo Yeates or David Scott or call 01904 528200.