An Employment Tribunal has unanimously dismissed the claims of three former parking enforcement staff against Exeter City Council.
The former employees claimed unfair dismissal on the grounds that council managers gave them unreasonable and unlawful instructions to enforce parking restrictions in the city. These claims have been comprehensively rejected by the Tribunal which found that the council followed statutory guidance in respect of parking enforcement.
An Exeter City Council spokesman told the Devon Week: “This judgement is a complete vindication of the way in which the Council has managed the tricky and contentious area of parking enforcement in Exeter, and staff who didn’t want to do the job they were paid by taxpayers to do.
“This case was never about enforcing parking restrictions. It was about a very small number of staff who were suspected of gross misconduct and resigned rather than face disciplinary proceedings. They pretended it was about something different. It wasn’t, and the Tribunal has completely rejected their claims.”
County Council Solicitor Jan Shadbolt said: “We’re very satisfied with the result and that the Tribunal agreed with us that there was no credibility whatsoever in the allegations of unlawful instruction.”
(from a press release)
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