Francesca Carpos, who was fired from her teaching post for allegedly referring to violinists as ‘gypos’ has won her case for unfair dismissal against the Royal Academy of Music, in London.
The judge, Sarah Goodman, ruled: ‘At most the claimant can be accused of foolishness in failing to anticipate how a superficial readership might wrench some of the terms out of context and manufacture a sense of outrage that was entirely disproportionate (on a plain reading of her notes and email) to the document’s plain intent’.
The loss is hugely embarrassing for RAM, which first urged Francesca to publish her lecture notes unedited, and then fired her in sheer terror when the flak flew online.
Francesca tells Slipped Disc: ‘I am thrilled by the verdict…. I am passionate about sharing my research and exposing uncomfortable truths in the classical music industry. It was hugely painful for me to lose the job I loved, and to suffer such significant damage to my reputation as a musician and teacher in the circumstances that I did. It has been an extremely difficult year for me and my family, but I am delighted by this outcome, and I am looking forward to moving on with my career.’