Yesterday, when I told my solicitor I want to make an example of my old firm, I knew he wouldn’t be happy. “But Eva,” he said, “The legal costs will eat up your damages. I’m just thinking of you...I want you to walk away with a good settlement. If you go to Tribunal the only ones who win are the lawyers.”
If I don’t go to Tribunal, the only one to win is HOWARD, who, it so happens, is also a lawyer.
I am surrounded by lawyers saying I should take a cheque and walk away. Apparently, they’re all just thinking of me.
You might know already, there is something called a “nuisance award”. Self explanatory, it’s when a company pays some annoying ex-member of staff to drop a legal action.
The Compromise Agreement is one step up from the “nuisance award.” Of course it’s the easiest option - take the money and keep your mouth shut. It is also the laziest answer to staffing problems. Not that the Compromise Agreement doesn’t have its place...it just shouldn’t be first.
So HOWARD is calculating my “nuisance” cheque to get lost.
“Your principles could cost you,” my solicitor warned, doing everything to put me off Tribunal.
I gave it a great deal of thought – knowing I’m facing months of pressure to settle from my own side and ACAS.
There’s only one way I’ll do it, I told my solicitor. The Senior Management team, including HOWARD, will all have to take a nationally recognised “How to Treat your Staff with Dignity” training course, and the settlement will have to allow me to write anonymously about workplace bullying.
There’s no way they’ll agree to it, of course. Their egos won’t take being ordered around by a secretary, let alone being forced into people management training. It just tickled me to put it in.
This is going to Tribunal.
Anyway, this year’s award for biggest nuisance has already gone to HOWARD.
- Bullied By The Boss
- Welcome to my blog. My pen name is Eva James. I'm an aspiring writer paying the bills working as a legal secretary. Relentlessly bullied by my former boss, I looked for another job but the recession hit. Feeling trapped, I recorded everything in this blog, which serves as a revealing insight into workplace bullying. WEEK 1 starts the story and, as the weeks progress, you'll note what starts as banter soon spirals out of control. Sadly, it's all true. Whilst along the way I've found alternative employment, my passion for blogging about workplace bullying remains. Trevor Griffiths, legendary theatre, TV and film writer said at the outset, "I like the writing a lot: smart, cool, placed. If you were prepared/able to take your prick of a boss on, you'd marmelise him."