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Charity must clean up their act; DAILY POST OUR VIEW.

WHAT a disgrace that a body representing voluntary organisations should treat an employee in such a cruel and unprofessional way.

John Gallanders, chief officer of the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW), should be ashamed of what has happened. His body represents charities and community groups.

The people who work in this sector and do so much good will be appalled when they find out how Genevieve Bove has been treated.

She, very properly, won her case for unfair and constructive dismissal at a tribunal in Abergele yesterday.

As a result, the Association will have to pay Ms Bove pounds 21,177 in compensation - money it can ill afford.

But as the judge rightly said, the ability to pay is not the relevant factor.

Ms Bove, being prone to migraines when exposed to fluorescent light, asked for alternative lighting in the office, and this was turned down.

Subsequently it was arranged for a hearing to discuss her disability discrimination claim to be held in a room lit with fluorescent light, effectively seeking to cause her a migraine.

To cap it all, an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check on Ms Bove was demanded, hoping it would throw up something unsavoury, thereby allowing AVOW to get rid of her.

AVOW chiefs are responsible for making this woman's life a misery, for no good reason, and behaving in a reprehensible fashion.

It has cost his Association thousands of pounds it can ill afford.

There may be other issues at play in the background here, but we can only report what has been said at the tribunal and we have to make our calls from that.

Last night the call from Mark Isherwood was that urgent action and answers were needed.

If this Association is to be able to do its work in the future with any credibility it must now clean up its act.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Aug 25, 2011
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