A Councillor has been heavily criticized by an Employment Judge after he stated that he believed she had tried to mislead him by falsifying documentation and giving false evidence.
Councillor Angie Wilcox was giving evidence in a review hearing for an Employment Tribunal case when her alleged lie was spotted.
The review case had been scheduled after a former employee of the Manor Residents’ Association had sued the charity for failure to pay the national minimum wage of £6.19 an hour, failure to provide her with an employment contract and unlawful deductions from her wages. She filed her Employment Tribunal claim last year and the charity failed to defend the proceedings by not submitting an ET3 form. She was therefore awarded default judgment and was awarded £8,805 by the Employment Judge after he ruled that she had been paid only £5.40 an hour (79p less than she was supposed to be paid) and that her employer had failed entirely to pay her for the last seven weeks of her employment. However, after judgment was awarded the charity applied for a review of the decision, claiming that they had in fact sent the response in the post to the Tribunal prior to the cut-off date but that the Employment Tribunal simply had not received it.
The case went to a review hearing last month and Councillor Wilcox, a Labour councillor who represents the Manor House Ward, appeared to give evidence. She produced two contracts of employment in the Tribunal and claimed that she had submitted the ET3 before the cut-off date. However, the Judge spotted an error in the “post-book” and stated that this was a “dishonesty entry” and that the Councillor had tried to deceive him. The Claimant, a Mrs Gooding, also successfully managed to defend her claim for failure to provide an employment contract after the Judge took her evidence over the Respondent’s.
Let this be a lesson to those using the Tribunal – you don’t want to make a Judge angry.