07 Jan Legal adviser unfairly fired over terror stress
A legal adviser who was fired after developing post-traumatic stress from debriefing a terrorist serial killer has won her claim for unfair dismissal. Wendy Lewis, who worked for the Public Defender Service, debriefed the terrorist – described as “dangerous and violent” – in an assignment lasting more than three years instead of the predicted six months and involving nearly 1,000 interviews. The work was so sensitive she was required to sign the Official Secrets Act and was unable to discuss the case with colleagues, giving her no outlet to share her experiences. The government official was also the victim of disability discrimination, the employment tribunal ruled.
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