Sarah McCrossan v Department for Social Development [2016]

  • Case Reference
    00062_15FET
  • Legal Body
    NI Industrial/Employment Tribunal
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Disciplinary and Grievance Issues, Discrimination and Equality, Human Rights
Issues covered: Discrimination; Political Opinion; Social Media; Discipline; Detriment

The claimant was employed in what was then the Department of Social Development (now the Department for Communities). In May 2015 an anonymous complaint was made to her employer about Facebook posts she had made during an election mentioning the DUP and the Minister who headed the Department. The complaint alleged that the posts went against the principle that staff should maintain “neutral working relationships” and indeed the respondent had a policy stating employees were not to comment on controversial issues connected with the Department.

The claimant was disciplined and received a

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This article is correct at 13/01/2017
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