Bell v Department for Communities Posted In: Case Law
Decision Number62/18FET & 722/17IT
Legal BodyNorthern Ireland Industrial Tribunal (NIIT)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionPolicies and Procedures, Pay and Conditions of Employment
The claimant was employed as an administrative officer by the respondent and was based in the Belfast Benefits Centre. In May 2014 he was elected to serve as a Sinn Fein Councillor on Mid-Ulster District Council and was re-elected in May 2019.
The claimant presented a claim to the Tribunal on 31st January 2017 claiming an unauthorised deduction of wages when there was an alleged failure to be paid for ‘Special Leave’ which was allowed by the respondent so employees could carry out public duties. This claim was subsequently amended to include allegations of unlawful discrimination on the ground of political opinion.
The respondent refuted the claimant’s claims citing
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