Valerie Beattie v Charis Cancer Care Limited & Friends of Charis Limited [2018]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    CASE REF: 1549/17
  • Legal Body
    Northern Ireland Industrial Tribunal (NIIT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Dismissal, Contracts of Employment
Issues covered: Constructive Dismissal; Volunteer; Contract of Employment; Employment Status

The claimant worked as a volunteer for the respondent charity and claimed constructive dismissal. She was the main driver behind the establishment of a shop outlet and indeed it was she who found the premises and negotiated with its owner to rent it to the charity.

Much of the claimant’s case was based upon her assertion that she was in fact the manager of the shop, implying a formal position, with a contract of employment. While the claimant was separately appointed as a salaried fundraiser she received no salary for working in the shop and there was no evidence of a formal management structure within the shop. 

The tribunal concluded that the true legal situation was that there was

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This article is correct at 15/03/2018

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