Saturday 23 September 2017

Crosbie's assistant 'verbally abused by colleague'

Harry Crosbie
Harry Crosbie

Fiona Ellis

A FORMER personal assistant of tycoon Harry Crosbie settled a claim for constructive dismissal after alleging she was subject to verbal abuse by another senior employee.

Lynne Forbes was described by the businessman and showbiz impresario as a "loyal, trustworthy and diligent employee", the Employment Appeals Tribunal heard.

Ms Forbes took the case for constructive dismissal after she was forced to leave her job as PA to Mr Crosbie, the co-founder of the O2 and the Point Theatre before that, when she was verbally abused by managing director Auke van der Werff on February 17, 2011, the tribunal, heard.

She had been working for Mr Crosbie since August 2009.

Conor Bowman, counsel for the former PA, told the tribunal Ms Forbes was "verbally abused to such a degree" on that day that she couldn't return to work. He said she was certified ill by a GP as a result of stress.

Mr Bowman said Ms Forbes was contacted by Mr van der Werff after the event who said her leaving was being treated as a resignation and her P45 would be sent to her.

However, Ms Forbes "rejected" the resignation. She agreed to return to work if a person investigated her claims.

After discovering the person charged with investigating her allegations was appointed by Mr van der Werff, she wrote, through her solicitor, that this was unacceptable. She received no reply. In August 2011, she officially resigned.

James Doran, counsel for Mr Crosbie, maintained Ms Forbes resigned in February 2011.

However, when Mr Bowman produced the letter of resignation, the claimant and defendant settled the case.

Irish Independent

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