Hi, I have a question about public interest law - can you help?
The full extent of the problem is as follows:
I recently (31 August 14) took a Settlement Agreement from the company I was working for. I was the CEO of a multi-academy education Trust. This followed a member of staff blowing the whistle to the Department for Education claiming that I had falsified figures to them in order to secure funding to open a new school. The Trust appointed an external HR person to investigate. Based on the investigators findings, I was suspended from my post for 8 months. The day before the Hearing, I was told that they were dropping the 'charge' since the Trust had sought independent legal advice with the result being the report contained no evidence of wrong doing. I have concrete evidence that, of the 3 people who gave evidence against me, one of them did not attend the meeting where I allegedly told people that I was going to falsify evidence. I had informed the investigator of this, as soon as I found out (following his interview of me) and he had not responded to me. One of the other people was the Whistleblower herself and the third person was a staff member who later told others that she had spoken against me since I had not given her the job of Principal at the new school. This fact was presented to the Chair of the Trust who took no action on this information. I would now like to submit a complaint to the DfE to the effect that this was a malicious Whistleblow. The member of staff who had blown the whistle was someone I had spoken to about her poor performance. My Settlement Agreement states that I cannot speak against the Trust, its staff or Directors. An agreed 'bland' statement was agreed to regarding my resignation. However, I believe that an injustice has been done since people have lied in order to secure my downfall. Would a formal complaint to the DfE be classed as a breech of my Settlement Agreement?
I am happy to wait for a response.