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Women's Refuge worker awarded £33,000 after claiming she was 'victim of witch hunt'

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A DEPUTY manager at Jersey's Women's Refuge who claimed she was the victim of a 'witch hunt' has been awarded more than £30,000 in compensation after an employment tribunal found that she had been unfairly dismissed.

The deputy manager was given a formal warning about her conduct following allegations that she had harassed other members of staff, and that she was 'rude, dismissive, abrupt and unprofessional', the Jersey Employment and Discrimination Tribunal heard.

However, she denied acting unprofessionally and told the tribunal that she had been the victim of a 'witch hunt', adding that the disciplinary process had left her feeling 'harassed, bullied and victimised'.

According to tribunal papers, the deputy manager, who had worked at the Refuge for six years, offered her resignation on the grounds that the charity's committee had 'broken all trust and confidence' through its actions.

The JEP contacted the Jersey Women's Refuge for a comment but did not receive one at the time of going to print.

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