Payouts agreed for whistleblowing pair

Two members of West Yorkshire Police’s undercover team have been awarded almost £100,000 after an Employment Tribunal found they had been removed from frontline duties after raising concerns about working practices.

The two whistleblowers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had alleged they had been shunted into back-office roles because they had expressed fears about sexism and safety within the force.

They had previously persuaded the Tribunal they had indeed been victimised and now it has been confirmed the pair will receive significant damages.

In a joint statement last month, the claimants said they were relieved that the legal battle was over but noted they had yet to receive an apology from the force.

“Our policing career as we knew it is finished and all because we chose to voice our concerns rather than turn a blind eye.” said the men.

“What hurts the most is that there has been no apology, no attempts to address the problems recognised by the tribunal, and that is disappointing to think that lessons haven’t been learned, that this kind of victimisation may still go on.”

One of the men has since been redeployed as a uniformed officer, but the other said he had been left with no choice but to leave.

West Yorkshire Police has declined to comment on the case.

Hethertons’ Employment Team can provide guidance on preventing and defending Employment Tribunal claims. Email Jo Yeates or David Scott or call 01904 528200.

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