Asthma sufferer wins £17k for smoky colleaguesOn 1 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today A woman with asthma has been awarded £17,000 in compensation becausecolleagues refused to stop smoking in front of her. Karen Whitehead, 34, an administrator at a Plymouth community centre,claimed the heavy smoking by her colleagues triggered her asthma and kept heroff work. Although she had only been employed at the Granby Island Community Centrefor 45 days, an employment tribunal ruled she had been unfairly dismissed. Shewas registered disabled, so she was entitled to sue after being sacked fortaking 16 days off sick. The tribunal heard how during an appraisal, she told her boss about thesmoky environment, only to have him light up twice in front of her. The centreis to appeal the ruling. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.