Ex-BT Italy Boss Wins $2 Million for Wrongful Dismissal

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A manager at the center of investigations into an accounting scandal at British Telecom’s Italian business has been awarded almost 1.8 million euros ($2.1 million) in damages for wrongful dismissal, three legal sources said on Wednesday. Gianluca Cimini was fired for disciplinary reasons last year, months before the phone company filed a criminal complaint accusing him of grave violations of corporate governance, Reuters reported. The accusations arose from its investigation of alleged accounting fraud that cost the firm 530 million pounds ($690 million). An Italian labor tribunal ruled that the manager’s dismissal was both “illegitimate” and “unfounded”, one source said, quoting the judge’s summary of his decision. Full reasons for the ruling will be issued within 15 days. “We’re extremely disappointed with this decision,” a BT spokesman said in an email, adding that the firm would not comment further until the full judgment was available. Read more.