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Victim Support NI chief sack row settled: Unfair dismissal case ends as organisation and former boss strike a deal

By Adrian Rutherford

A tribunal taken by the sacked boss of a victims' charity has been dramatically halted after a private settlement was reached.

The case involving Susan Reid ended yesterday - just before the former chief executive of Victim Support NI was due to give evidence. No details of the agreement between Ms Reid and her former employer were released.

Ms Reid, who led the charity for 10 years, had taken the tribunal in the wake of her dismissal last May.

She was sacked from her job after complaints by staff and former staff about how they were treated.

Ms Reid, who denied any wrongdoing, sought substantial damages from Victim Support NI.

The case opened early last week and heard various claims about a climate of fear and bullying at the charity. Ms Reid had been due to give evidence yesterday.

However, after a 45-minute delay to the start of proceedings, Ms Reid's legal representative announced the dispute had been settled.

"Overnight the parties have resolved their differences," he said.

"No further order is required from the tribunal."

The matter was adjourned for six weeks while the formalities of the settlement were completed.

Employment Judge Murray commended both parties for reaching a deal.

Ms Reid, who was dressed in dark trousers, a patterned scarf and leopard skin-style coat, watched from the front of the public area. She declined to make any comment as she left the tribunal in Belfast.

A statement issued by her solicitors, John Ross and Son, said: "Susan Reid brought a claim for unfair dismissal to the Industrial Tribunal. Evidence was heard over a number of days.

"The parties have now reached a settlement. The terms of that settlement shall remain confidential to the parties." Victim Support NI issued an identical statement but declined to comment further.

Previously the tribunal heard allegations that Ms Reid called a senior colleague a "fat b******" and a "castle Catholic".

It was further claimed she had used the phrase 'FIFO', which stands for 'Fit In or F*** Off'. Ms Reid was also said to have been dubbed "Myra" by some staff, after child killer Myra Hindley.

She denied all the allegations against her.

Background

Victim Support NI is a charity that helps people affected by any type of crime. According to its website, it provides "emotional support, information and practical help to victims, witnesses and others affected by crime". It receives around £2 million a year from Stormont's Department of Justice.

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