Former procurement chief claims whistleblower status & seeks $10m damages


In the UK, former procurement chief, Kath Harmeston is taking the Co-op Group to court. She is claiming whistleblower status and seeking £5m damages ($10.36AUD) for unfair dismissal after alerting bosses to corporate malpractise.

The employment tribunal opens in Manchester on 7 January and is expected to continue until 22 January.

Allan Leighton, chair of the Group, said: “We intend to fully and robustly defend our decision to dismiss Kath Harmeston at the upcoming tribunal. We dismissed her because she acted in a manner which was not in keeping with the importance and seniority of her role, nor the values and principles of The Co-op.”

Senior figures at the group are expected to appear in court.

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