A HR manager working at the BBC who challenged an executive’s £250,000 redundancy payment has received a £30,000 payout after she agreed to drop allegations of detrimental treatment and bullying against the Corporation.
Indira Histon told Watford employment tribunal that she decided to challenge the £256,750 payment to Sue Lynas because it was two times the amount permitted under BBC guidelines.
“The team and I were shocked by the suggestion that we would pay this amount of money to an individual, particularly as we believed the payoff was excessive for a management interest termination and amounted to a misuse of licence fee payers’ money,” she said.
“In addition to this, the member of staff was due to retire on June 5, 2010. I also believed that the payoff was inappropriate given that the individual wanted to leave voluntarily.”
Ms Lynas worked as director of marketing, communications and audiences in the BBC’s audio and music division until she left the Corporation last year.
The BBC said she reached a “consensual termination agreement on the basis of redundancy” after a staffing review, and added that senior executives at the Corporation “considered that there was a business case for not imposing the limit of 12 months’ pay, which was usually applied by the BBC to compromise agreements in cases of consensual termination”.
Following the settlement with Ms Histon, a BBC spokesperson said: “We are pleased that this matter has been resolved. The allegations, which have been withdrawn by the claimant, were without merit and strongly denied by the BBC throughout.
“On this occasion, with legal costs threatening to exceed the value of any claim, the BBC agreed a quick settlement in order to make best use of licence fee payers’ money.”
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