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Intercity to go before tribunal over claims it forced out whistleblower

Mobile News
May 8, 2012

Business development manager claims breach of contract and says he was forced out after trying to expose attempts by the company to “massage” customer contracts

B2B dealer Intercity is to appear before an employment tribunal next month, accused of forcing out an employee who tried to blow the whistle on alleged illegal activities relating to customer contracts.

Pardeep Sharma worked as business development manager for the Birmingham-based firm before resigning in October 2010. He is also claiming breach of contract.

Sharma claims he was forced out after trying to expose what he describes as attempts by the company to “massage” customer contracts.

In a judgement on a pre-hearing review handed down in January, Judge van Gelder referred to evidence Scharma presented from his letter of resignation.

This included: “I have been appalled by the way the company had massaged terms of contracts I have made with my customers.”

For legal reasons Mobile News cannot provide full details of Sharma’s accusations before they are heard in public.

Sharma is using the Public Interest Disclosure Act, which protects employees who try to make public information concerning illegal activity.

Employees found to have been unfairly dismissed as a result of public disclosure in the public interest can be awarded unlimited damages.

Sharma was required to present details of his claim before it was decided whether the case would go to a full tribunal.

The tribunal is scheduled to take place at Birmingham Employment Tribunal over four days from June 12.

Sharma’s claims of unfair dismissal and race discrimination were dismissed.

Sharma is being represented by Warwickshire employment law specialist NUALAW, while Intercity is being represented by Shakespeares.

Shakespeares said it was unable to comment because of the sub judice rule, as the matter is under consideration by the employment tribunal.

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