Hakim Berkani was brave enough to 'blow the whistle' about the fact that traffic wardens working in his area were expected to give out at least ten tickets a day.
He was dismissed as a result of not wishing to uphold the daily quota.
It was considered by the Tribunal that the relationship between him and his employer had been so eroded that it would no longer be possible for him to carrying on working. Accordingly he was awarded £20,000 in damages in respect of lost wages over the previous three months and any future loss. He had worked for his former employers for three years. Going back to his employers, although it was ruled he was unfairly dismissed, would be akin to throwing him back into the “lion's den” warned the Tribunal.
Mr Berkani had been dismissed over gross misconduct because he had been seen to 'tip off' a driver that was otherwise due to be given a ticket by a fellow warden. His former employers have failed to comment on the continued presence of a quota system or not. However, Mr Berkani is convinced that his employers did not wish to take him back because the quota system was still in place. They knew that he did not agree with the system and as such productivity would be reduced as a result. The Tribunal also accepted this as a large factor in his dismissal. The Tribunal has, however, maintained that if such a system was still in place the working environment would simply be untenable. It is unrealistic after these events to expect Mr Berkani to continue to work under the same supervising staff.
Although the Tribunal felt that Mr Berkani would not be able to return to his original employment, he claims he has also found difficulty in finding employment with any similar firms. He describes himself as having been “black-listed'. The award was considered a suitable amount as, given his skills and experience, it was believed that he would have no great difficulty in finding other suitable employment. Unfortunately, Mr Berkani claims to have applied to over 200 jobs since his dismissal last February. With regard to his search for employment he commented 'I will work anywhere I am just desperate for a job. I wanted to work as a public servant and do a duty for the public. That dream job was taken away when they unfairly sacked me.' Mr Berkani is unhappy about how things have turned out stating 'I’m very disappointed because I believe that justice has not been done. My job was worth more to me than any amount of money'.