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Apprentice Stella English loses constructive dismissal claim against Lord Sugar

by LLB Reporter
12th Apr 13 11:12 am

Apprentice winner Stella English has lost her tribunal claim against Lord Sugar for constructive dismissal.

The judge ruled that “this was a claim which should never have been brought”. The tribunal’s decision was unanimous against English.

The employment tribunal concluded that English was “ill advised” to bring a claim against Lord Sugar as they took issue with English’s account of her employment under the Apprentice tycoon.

“The Tribunal found it difficult to understand why it was that when the Claimant first resigned from Viglen Ltd in May 2011 she did not inform Lord Sugar direct and on her second resignation she first went absent without any notification to YouView or Lord Sugar and then at the same time as notifying Lord Sugar in a brief note went to the press via Max Clifford,” the judge wrote.

“”We have found that the conduct complained of…did not occur. We do not find that any of the conduct…was conduct which destroyed or seriously damaged trust and confidence entitling the claimant to terminate employment.”

Lord Sugar responded to the ruling in welcoming a “victory for the law against the claim culture”.

In a statement, he said:

“I have been cleared of a derisory attempt to smear my name and extract money from me. The allegations were without substance, and I believe this case was brought with one intention in mind – the presumption that I would not attend the tribunal, that I would not testify and that I would settle out-of-court, sending Ms. English on her way with a tidy settlement.

“I’m afraid she underestimated me and her reputation is now in tatters. I have principles and I am not going to be forced to compromise them, no matter how much time and money they might cost me.

“This case was a sham and a total abuse of a tribunal system, which is there to protect employees who have been mistreated. It is not there to aid those chancing their arm at landing a big payday. I hope that other companies will learn from this example and also fight off derisory claims.

“What has happened here is representative of a new wave of claim culture where some employees file spurious actions regardless of whose reputation it may smear in the process. I have spoken about this subject in the House of Lords and will continue to campaign to put an end to this practice, which has developed in recent years and is seemingly spiraling out of control. This has to be stopped.”

This comes after a tribunal case in which English, winner of the BBC One Apprentice show in 2010, told that she felt like an “overpaid lackey”.

Meanwhile, Lord Sugar accused her of being “an untrusting and suspcious person” who was prone to “odd conspiracy theories”.


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