Ex-Employee Receives £11000 Pay Out After West Yorkshire Fire Service Hired a Private Investigator to Spy on Her

Ex-Employee Receives £11000 Pay Out After West Yorkshire Fire Service Hired a Private Investigator to Spy on Her

Anthea Orchard 35 was contacted by a private detective under false pretences and her bosses attached a tracking device to the bottom of her car whilst she away on sick leave.
Mrs Orchard was signed off sick with stress from the West Yorkshire Fire Service (WYFS) when they started watching and cataloguing her activity through concern she was moonlighting.
She felt that her bosses thought she was spending time running her part-time balloon decorating business.
The Fire Brigades Union said they knew of at least one case similar to Althea’s. The West Yorkshire Fire Service have refused to comment.
Last November Mrs Orchard was signed off of work with stress and hyperthyroidism not long after coming back from her year of maternity leave.
Four days into her sick leave people called her offering her work she said no to the offers.
Mrs Orchard checked the number and found out that it belonged to a private investigator.
She then told the BBC that on 11 November she had found a tracking device on her car.
Mrs Orchard has since left her job with a payout of £11000 after signing a “compromise agreement” where she agreed not to take the WYFS to court for human rights violations of “unnecessary surveillance or invasion into privacy and family life.”
David Williams the Fire Brigades Union brigade secretary said he is aware of another case where similar actions have been used against someone who works for the West Yorkshire Fire Service.
He told the BBC.
“To go to an outside agency and instruct them and allow them to put tracking devices on a family car is nothing short of scandalous
“I’m so disappointed in a brigade that is supposed to be an investor in people and will make great play on the awards it has received but at the same time will go to these lengths.”

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