Abergavenny salesman takes firm to tribunal

AN Abergavenny man has taken the largest employment law advice company in the country to a tribunal, saying they owe him more than £10,000.

Nicholas Badman, of Park Crescent, claims he was effectively forced to leave his job at Peninsula Business Services because of the attitude and behaviour of those higher up.

At a tribunal at Caradoc House, Cardiff, Mr Badman outlined his claim for constructive dismissal and said he was owed £10,158.36 in commission.

Mr Badman says the company stopped giving him lucrative “lead” opportunities to land deals with people who had already expressed an interest, making it much harder for him to make his targets. Such appointments were assigned to others on an unfair and imprecise basis, he argued.

He also claimed the company ignored his concerns about the telemarketer he worked with, saying he booked meetings with people without the necessary authority to make decisions.

Some of the people booked as delegates for his seminars never showed up and he later found one of them had been out of the country for a year.

Andrew Trotter, Mr Badman’s line manager, said he shouldn’t rely on a telemarketer and was responsible for arranging his own appointments.

Mr Badman said he was called to a disciplinary meeting at a hotel in March after failing to meet sales targets.

He said his line manager Andrew Trotter got up for 15 minutes in the middle of the meeting to greet a delegate who arrived late, a claim denied by Mr Trotter who said the break was not that long.

When a new salesman was brought in to cover part of the south west area, the same area covered by Mr Badman, he was told in a telephone conversation: “It’s not a vote of confidence for you is it? I can’t gloss it up or pretend otherwise.”

Mr Badman felt this conversation to be hostile and said: “That to me was absolutely deflating.”

But Peninsula argued Mr Badman had misunderstood the tone of the conversation which was meant to motivate him.

Mr Badman resigned in April this year after working for the company for seven years.

The case was adjourned until January 16 for more documents to be produced.

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