Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A Nigerian Lady, Ibukun Adebayo, Director at Princess Diana's favourite charity to get six-figure payout after boss Insulted her

Ibukun AdebayoDavid Hoare
Ibukun Adebayo, left, claimed she was unfairly sacked from her £84,000 position at the charity after her boss David Hoare, right called her 'Looney Tunes'
A director at one of Princess Diana's favourite charities has been awarded a six-figure payout after her boss nicknamed her 'Looney Tunes' and sent an obscene email.

Ibukun Adebayo, 48, won her religious and racial bias claim against Turning Point, a drugs, alcohol and.....
mental health charity at East London Tribunal Service.

Mrs Adebayo claimed she was unfairly sacked from her £84,000 position as IT director at the charity by its chief executive Lord Victor Adebowale.

The hearing was told that her boss David Hoare referred to her a 'Looney Tunes' in one email to Lord Adebowale and sent another work email about a sex act.

He was given a warning by Lord Adebowale, but Mrs Adebayo a mother-of-five from Bexley was dismissed from her job after she complained about Mr Hoare's gross misconduct.

Now she is seeking £466,815 in compensation for lost earnings and hurt feelings but says that most of all she would like her job back.

Turning Point adopted Princess Diana as patron in 1985. She worked for the charity until her death and was proud of the way it helped vulnerable people deal with drug and alcohol misuse.

Mrs Adebayo joined the charity in June 2004 and managed over 20 IT workers and a £1million-a-year budget at its central London office.

The former model was once described by a business magazine as 'an unconventional leader of IT' after she was interviewed 'dressed in candy pink'.

Mrs Adebajo had previously worked as an IT chief at the Royal Albert Hall and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Speaking outside court about the abrupt end of her nine year career at Turning Point, she said: 'Every human being has the right to be treated with dignity and respect at work.

'I am a committed Christian and therefore have forgiven them. I hope to return to Turning Point to continue in a leadership role in support of the charity's service users and so as to continue to set an example to my five children.

'I remain committed to reaching an amicable settlement to the testing period of the last two years.'

Her solicitor Lawrence Davies, of law firm Equal Justice, called for Lord Adebowale and Mr Hoare to resign.

He said: 'Lord Adebowale's failure to protect and his victimisation of our client is entirely incompatible with his position as CEO of a leading social care charity.

'He should resign. They both should. The Charity Commissioners must act on this if Turning Point does not.'

The tribunal is due to decide the amount of Mrs Adebajo's compensation in September.

A Turning Point spokeswoman said the charity 'was unable to comment' as legal proceedings are ongoing.

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