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Former school employee loses employment tribunal

A former school employee who was involved in an altercation with his boss has lost an employment tribunal for unfair dismissal.

Roy Pearson, 42, was sacked from Rishworth School in West Yorkshire after an investigation led by the school bursar Joanne Clague found he had initiated an altercation with his former manager.

Mr Pearson, a former assistant site services manager, was involved in a row with Paul Bishop over an accident form after Mr Pearson injured himself repairing a radiator.

Mr Bishop re-wrote the incident on a new form but Mr Pearson would not sign it.

He alleged that Mr Pearson had pushed him against a door, causing his elbow to go through a glass pane.

But Mr Pearson alleged he was attacked and violence between them resulted in the door slamming shut, causing the pane to shatter.

Mr Pearson’s wife Deborah, who represented her husband, told the tribunal: “We came here with a genuine belief that fair process has not been followed. There was a poor investigation process and it was not as good as it could have been.”

But, finding in favour of the school, Judge Kevin Fletcher said: “Joanne Clague conducted a thorough investigation and I believe the school was entitled to terminate Mr Pearson’s contract as he had committed gross misconduct.”

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