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A woman

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Times


A woman complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published inaccurate information in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant was concerned that the newspaper had failed to make clear in its report of an employment tribunal that none of the allegations a colleague had made about her had been upheld by the tribunal.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the alteration of the online article and the publication of the following apology in print and online:

In our report of the outcome of an employment tribunal brought by Charmaine Wakelin against Marks & Spencer ("Assistant with HIV victimised by M&S", News, May 23), we referred to the allegation that Mrs Wakelin had been victimised and harassed after a new boss took over in her department in 2010. None of Mrs Wakelin's claims about the conduct of her new boss were upheld by the tribunal. We apologise that this was not made clear in the article.

Date Published: 29/08/2014

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