A bank unfairly dismissed a foreign exchange trader who called on the business to tighten up what he described as "box-ticking" compliance procedures, a London employment tribunal has ruled.

The judge found John Banerjee was unfairly dismissed after he told Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) staff were "taking a couple of minutes to attest" they had read vital compliance policies that amounted to days' worth of reading.

Banerjee raised his concerns after a town hall meeting where employees were encouraged to report wrongdoing, however Judge J Tayler said the bank's actions "were the opposite of their fine, but empty, words" and RBC used Banerjee's late arrival at work as a pretext to fire him.

Alex Bearman appears in People Management saying "this case demonstrates that even where there are genuine grounds for disciplinary action like repeated lateness, this will not always provide a defence to a whistleblowing claim. Employers should ensure that whistleblowing complaints are properly and demonstrably investigated."

Trader was unfairly dismissed after calling out 'box-ticking' compliance procedures is available to read on the People Management website. 

Alex is a partner in the employment team, acting for both employers and employees. He specialises in all areas of contentious employment law, including unfair dismissal, discriminationwhistleblowing and breach of contract, and has experience of dealing with claims brought in the courts as well as in the Employment Tribunal. He also represents clients involved in discrimination claims outside of the employment field.