'Whistleblower' takes Charing House care home in Gillingham to tribunal for unfair dismissal
Lesley Donlon was sacked
from Charing House care home in Gillingham
A care home worker who claims she was
fired for whistle-blowing has taken her employers to a
Lesley Donlon, 31, of Derwent
Way, Rainham, was sacked from Charing House care home last
The healthcare assistant claims she
was fired for alerting health watchdog the Care Quality Commission
(CQC) to problems in the home in Canterbury Street, Gillingham,
which included a shortage of staff and poor food.
But her employers, Charing Gardens,
claim they dismissed her for eight matters of gross misconduct.
is said to include throwing residents' underwear between herself
and another colleague in front of the resident; refusal to help a
male colleague with taking a female resident to the toilet; taking
unofficial cigarette breaks; refusing to help another colleague in
taking another resident to the toilet; "blatant disregard" of
infection control and dress code policy when reminded on two
occasions to tie her hair back; failure to report bad practice
following a food fight between staff which involved squirting cream
in the corridors; texting or using her phone while in a client's
bedroom; and failure to follow
company policies and
This week Mrs Donlon, who had been employed
at the home for five
months, went before an
employment tribunal in an attempt to get her job back and a minimum
of £50,000 in compensation and loss of earnings.
The case continues.
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