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Worker resigned after complaining about bullying boss
8:50am Monday 25th February 2013 in News
A DROITWICH financial adviser who complained about bullying by one of his bosses, resigned after working at a Santander bank in the town.
Mr Andrew Johnson of Waterside also accused the bank at Birmingham Employment Tribunal of failing to make adjustments to help him cope with his Crohn’s disease.
He was seeking compensation for constructive unfair dismissal and disability discrimination against Santander UK Plc.
The bank opposed his compensation claims and denied they had failed to help him.
It was said it had been hoped to “thrash out a way forward.”
Mr Johnson referred to target adjustments and complained he was put under pressure and prone to panic attacks.
He also complained he was bullied by a line manager which the bank denied.
The tribunal was told about the bank’s involvement in creating new investments each week worth many thousands of pounds, protection policies and customer valuation credit.
It had been unreasonable for him to meet the bank’s new targets, it was said.
An issue was also raised over how many miles Mr Johnson could be expected to travel in view of his disability and the need for locations for rest periods.
He said the South West was among the areas he had to cover.
The tribunal was told that an investigation was carried out into his situation but Mr Johnson eventually resigned – prompting his compensation claim for constructive unfair dismissal.
During cross-examination by the respondents, Mr Johnson said he did not recall an allegation that he refused to take a risk assessment.
There was also a denial that he went through the “emotions” of making a grievance against the bank as a precursor to making his compensation claims in the tribunal.
The hearing ran for several days and tribunal judge Mr David Kearsley said he would make a decision at a later date.