A worker at a care home was fired after altering photos of her bosses by drawing hair on their faces, a labor court has heard.
Naomi Bodis vandalized publicly displayed photographs of manager Paula Craen and assistant manager Susan Jones after complaining about the quality of Christmas gift bags offered to staff.
The Hungarian wrote a note complaining that the gifts were ‘cheap’ and came from Aldi, not Marks & Spencer, and poured a reed oil diffuser on Ms Craen’s desk, it was said. learned in court.
Ms Bodis was arrested after an investigation was conducted and a trustee compared staff members’ handwriting to see who was responsible.
She then made a series of unfounded allegations against her bosses and colleagues, including that they had racially discriminated against her and called her “crazy”.
A labor court dismissed the majority of his complaints, including unfair dismissal, discrimination on the basis of disability, racial discrimination and wrongful dismissal.
Ms Bodis worked at Compton House in Lindfield, West Sussex, as a domestic assistant and activities coordinator.
The court heard that from October 2018 a number of unusual incidents began to occur in the care home, such as spilled paper towels in staff toilets, damaged screens and information deleted.
In December 2018, it came to Ms Craen’s attention that the CQC reports kept in the quiet room had been soaked in water. Twice they were reprinted and twice the same thing happened.
On Christmas Day, when Mrs Craen entered her office, she was greeted with a “very pungent smell” after the contents of a reed diffuser oil were spilled on her desk, keyboard, laptop. and its radiator.
The court heard that the smell was so unbearable that the computer keyboard and heat sink had to be replaced.
Later that month, a poster addressed to staff was vandalized.
Originally it was written “Merry Christmas to all staff”. Please make sure to collect your Christmas gift bags… ”, but the poster now reads“ Merry Christmas to all Aldi staff before M&S now change Aldi after Please make sure to collect your Christmas gift bags ”.
An arrow also pointed to Ms Craen’s name on the poster and was seen as a criticism of the quality of the Christmas bags handed out to staff.
In January 2019, it emerged that photos of Ms Craen and Ms Jones had been degraded by drawing hairs on the pictures. The court heard this “annoy” them and the photos were replaced, but were again disfigured.
In February 2019, a note was written on a napkin “you can use this luxury in your own home” along with a reed diffuser which was found outside Ms Craen’s office in a plastic bag. .
An investigation by the care home found Ms Bodin to be “the common denominator” in that she was on duty for all incidents.
Staff were then questioned, when it was discovered that Ms Bodin’s photograph had also been disfigured by an image of a cat.
However, the bosses decided that Ms Bodin probably did it to distract from herself as well.
Samples of his handwriting also matched the notes accompanying the Christmas poster and reed diffuser.
When Ms. Bodin was questioned, she claimed to have heard colleagues say that she was “mad” and “mentally ill”.
She also claimed to have heard Ms Craen say “now that she is married, why doesn’t she go back to her country of Hungary to find a job there? Lots of foreigners come here and create trouble ‘- the care home and court dismissed her claims as false.
Ms. Bodin was suspended in March and was subsequently fired after it was deemed that Ms. Bodin’s behavior was “inappropriate, the manager and the deputy manager were very upset by the incidents and the working relationship had completely broken down.”
Employment judge Tim Smith said: “The registered manager, who received an outstanding CQC rating, was so touched that she was considering resigning … on eggshells.”
“On the balance of probabilities [Ms Bodin] disfigured his own photograph. It is therefore likely that she altered the other two photographs. His actions appeared to be a deliberate attempt to distract from [her], which pointed to guilt.
“No unusual or unexpected incidents have occurred after [she] has been suspended. “
The allegations of wrongful and wrongful dismissal of Ms Bodin, as well as the allegations of racial and disability-based discrimination, were dismissed.
Her claims of failing to make reasonable adjustments were mostly dismissed, but she gained an argument that she should have been made aware of the allegations against her in writing prior to the investigation.
The compensation due to him for this, if any, will be decided at a future hearing.