Sub loses unfair dismissal claim

Former Kent Messenger Group journalist Amanda Fisher, who claimed
she was a victim of harassment and once found a dead mouse in her work
pigeonhole, has lost her case for unfair dismissal at an employment
tribunal.

Fisher, 51, who worked for KMG as a writer and sub-editor, claimed she was dismissed as a result of “whistle-blowing”

because she had raised concerns about training and health and safety.

She also claimed her wages had been unfairly deducted.

KMG contested Fisher’s allegations, saying it appointed an external investigator to look into her complaints in October 2003.

Fisher
alleged that she was the victim of a “prolonged campaign of bullying
and harassment” that included receiving the dead mouse in the post.

The
Ashford tribunal on Tuesday announced it was dismissing all Fisher’s
allegations. The reasons for the ruling are expected to be released
next month.

Fisher, speaking prior to the tribunal, said: “I believe I did the job well and all I wanted was to carry on doing it.”

KMG
editorial director Simon Irwin said: “I am disappointed that this case
was ever brought to tribunal but am delighted that the Kent Messenger
Group has been vindicated.”

Fisher had previously worked in broadcast journalism for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Sky.

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