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Complainant Name:
Mr Michael Pickard

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Manchester Evening News

Complaint:

Mr Michael Pickard of T S Chemicals complained to the Press Complaints Commission that three articles - reporting that a former employee of the company had won a court case against a solicitors firm for failing to pursue his compensation claim for work-related heath problems - implied that the employee had been unfairly treated by T S Chemicals, when that was not the case. He said that the dates of employment had also been inaccurately reported, and that the company's reputation had been damaged by the articles.

Resolution:

The newspapers explained that the information reported had been disclosed in open court. The complaint was resolved when the PCC helped to negotiate removal of the article from the Rossendale Free Press website. The Manchester Evening News removed the company's name from its online article. The Lancashire Telegraph amended its online article to reflect the correct dates of employment, and added the following statement:

"A spokesman for the company said later:

"As a responsible chemical company, TS Chemicals contract an external Occupational Health Service to carry out routine health checks on our employees. Mr Schofield was regularly assessed by this service and there was nothing to suggest that he should cease working at TS Chemicals.

Mr Schofield was also supplied with the correct Personal Protective Equipment for his job and he was fully trained to enable him to carry out his job safely. TS Chemicals considers itself to be a reputable company and we endeavour to ensure our workforce is treated fairly and responsibly at all times." "

Date Published: 01/07/2010



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