Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Ms Eileen Eggington QPM
At our meeting this morning you asked Mr and Mrs
Gresty if they had commenced employment tribunal proceedings against
Maria Fernandes. They both confirmed that they had not.
I am enclosing copies of correspondence
between Maria Fernandes, and me, which will illustrate why she
has no good reason to believe that Mr and Mrs Gresty had any intention
of taking their case to an employment tribunal. If this is an
issue of importance, I am happy to make a more detailed statement,
producing the documents. Please let me know if this would be helpful.
I might add that, on 13th December 2000, when I spoke
on the telephone to Maria Fernandes, I told her very clearly that
there was no question of litigation against her because the Grestys
could not afford to pay a lawyer. I also said that Rita was far
too ill to withstand the stress of giving evidence at an employment
I spoke to Maria Fernandes again soon after
receipt of her letter dated 2nd February 2001 to thank her for
the enclosed cheque for £400 and the completed Form SSPl.
I asked her if she would also give Rita a month's pay in lieu
of notice. We had an amicable conversation and she said that she
would consider doing so if Rita signed a confidentiality clause.
I said that I was sure Rita would willingly sign such a clause.
She promised to draw up a document based on legal advice, for
Rita to sign. She did not do so and I heard no more from her.
12 November 2001
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