Carol Hill is the school dinner lady who committed the heinous crime of telling the parents – what’s it got to do with them? – of Chloe David that she had been bullied at school. Tsk!
Carol didn’t actually realise that she was imparting privileged information to them, she is old fashioned enough to believe that the school would already have told them. Tsk!
Carol had found 7 year old Chloe bound to a chain-link fence with rope burns on her wrist and whip marks on her legs.
The school had reduced this information to the neutral report that she had been ‘involved in a skipping rope incident’. They were not best pleased to find that Carol Hill had innocently told her parents the full story.
They sacked her.
Last month, after waiting 19 months for justice, an employment tribunal ruled that she had been unfairly sacked.
This week, another tribunal has awarded her the grand sum of £302.73 for the fact that the correct procedures hadn’t been followed.
Had the correct procedures been followed, she should have received £352.81 in pay whilst suspended – but although this was awarded to her, it was then slashed to £49.09 on the grounds that ‘she shared some of the blame’ for having talked to the press.
The nub of the matter is – she lost her job illegally for telling the truth, and now her compensation has been cut to £49.09 for continuing to tell the truth – to the press. Essex County Council after the tribunal hearing on Wednesday said the Headmistress and the governors were ‘delighted that the employment tribunal agreed… Mrs Hill’s actions warranted her dismissal’.
I’m outraged. How dare they gloat at having fired this lady for telling the truth?
This lady earned the princely sum of £6.20 a day – not a fortune, and from what I have been able to find out about her, a sum sorely needed in her household.
The Penguin has asked if my readers would contribute to a fund to support Carol Hill – and I am more than happy to do so. The price of a pint from each of you will go some way towards redressing the injustice that Carol Hill has suffered.
The donate button below goes to a dedicated account for Carol Hill. There will be no deductions – every penny collected will go directly to her, and I’m sure my readers will join me in wishing her well in the future.
(Tomorrow morning this PayPal button will be moving to the side bar, it will still be connected to the dedicated account for Carol Hill).
Edited to add: If anyone is having serious troubles with Paypal, e-mail me on email@example.com and I will give you a bank account number that you can transfer your donation to in England.
It won’t be the dedicated account in France – believe me, you don’t even want to try paying an English cheque into a French bank account – but I can guarantee you that every penny will reach Carol.