My Friend and I went to Court
I met my friend when I joined the company some six years ago, she had already been there for two or three years and was quite settled.
Unusually , the company had a wonderful atmosphere whereby everyone could have a say. there was none of this, them and us , rubbish. Everybody got on with everybody else and you could speak to anyone, even the managing director himself , should you experience any difficulty.These pleasant surroundings continued for sometime and then our sales manager left and from there on in it was a downhill slide.
Managers came and went, all of them, making a worse job than the one before. My friend, between one manager leaving and the next one starting would run the whole office. She coped with the administration,managed the telesales office and would co-ordinate the sales reps. [Think she must have been superwoman] What thanks did she get? not a lot.
Well as I said managers came and went, then the husband and wife team from hell arrived. I had worked for these two before and knew what they could do,I tried to warn my friend but she could not believe what I was saying. I told her to be careful.
My friend did everything that was asked of her,even though something's did not feel right - she did this in the belief that if things got too bad , the managing director would step in and take control. This didnt happen , and over a period of six months or so the pair had stripped away her job piece by piece until she could cope no more and went to the citizens advice bereau and claimed that she was a victim of a constructive dismissel campaign.
Armed with advice from the C.A.B. a meeting was called to discuss her grievance, which did not go down well and resulted in my friend resigning from the company, as is her entitlement. The C.A.B. could only take the proceedings so far and adviced her to seek legal advice , which she did [paid for by the home insurance company she is with]
The solicitors took the case to tribunal, where it was ruled , and not contested, that she had been a victim of constructive dismissel and was subsequently awarded a substantial compensation.
I was a witness for her and have supported her throughout and will continue to do so. True friendship is hard to come by and I treasure each and every one of mine.
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