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A rush of blood to the head

11/18/2009

It’s not often I’m in awe of the legal system, (in fact the last occasion involved vodka, a cow and an inflatable banana – but we won’t go there). On this occasion, however, I happily doff my cap in their general direction.

The worker at the centre of this, Susan Moffat, took her boss, Jason Robinson, to an Employment Tribunal seeking £1,750 for unpaid wages and bonuses after being dismissed from his company.

Robinson bowls up to the Employment Tribunal, presenting documents in his favour, including a Contract of Employment and a letter of warning.

But there is a glitch in his plan.  The documents aren’t true.  They’re fraudulent.  He simply made them up. 

Ms. Moffat rightly states they are fake and Robinson – perhaps sensing his number is up – then fails to turn up to any future hearings.  The tribunal find in her favour.

They awarded her £29,500.  Nearly 17 times more than she was seeking.

And last week Robinson was jailed for four months for perverting the course of justice.

Now that’s what I call genius.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 11/18/2009 13:16

    The one piece of legal advice I hope to remember should I ever need it is Don’t lie to the Feds Don’t lie to the Feds Don’t lie to the Feds. Martha and Bill would not have been in such trouble if they had remembered this. It is the LYING that trips you up more than the thing itself many times.

  2. 11/20/2009 16:44

    @class factotum – Very true. Oh what tangled webs we weave…..

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