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Tribunal awards church charity worker £8,000 for unfair dismissal after blaming redundancy on priest's alleged affair

by Sophie Drew

A church charity worker has received a £8,000 after a tribunal found her dismissal lacked "fair procedure". 

Caroline Marsland had previously revealed that a married priest was engaging in a concerning relationship with a "vulnerable woman" and she attributed her dismissal to the revelation. 

The priest was investigated, and it was found that he had done nothing wrong. Marsland said she was unhappy to see the priest returning to work following the allegations against him. 

Following his return, he was made the chair of the committee that ran the food bank, for which Marsland was project manager. 

From there, Marsland's relationship with the priest and the other Food for Thought staff became "strained". 

Five months after his return, St Augustine's Scottish Episcopal Church in Dumbarton made Marsland redundant. 

However, the tribunal found that Marsland had not been made redundant as a result of her whistleblowing.  Instead, she was awarded £8,000 for unfair dismissal.

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