Donaldson v Positive Futures 
Decision NumberNIIT 36005/21
Legal BodyNorthern Ireland Industrial Tribunal (NIIT)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionDismissal, Discrimination and Equality, Whistleblowing (Protected Disclosures), Probation
The claimant was employed as a residential social worker from 20th July 2020 until 22nd April 2021. References were sought before commencing employment but they could not be described as ‘glowing’ with one failing to answer the question as to whether the claimant would be re-employed and another saying ‘no’. The employment was terminated during an extended probationary period. The nine months, as outlined by the Tribunal, generated a series of alleged incidents and it was difficult to set those out in a logical order.
The claimant alleges that she made disclosures to the RQIA Inspector in October 2020. These related to health and safety concerns relating to the
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