30 March 2007
Little Chef manager wins wrongful dismissal case
A former-regional manager with Little Chef has been awarded £6,500 in compensation after a Liverpool court ruled he had been unfairly dismissed by his former employer
Paul Vanderwall was responsible for overseeing 11 of the defunct company's outlets in the Midlands, until he was sacked on the grounds of gross misconduct last year.
However, although Mr Vanderwall commenced grievance procedures in the interim Little Chef's financial difficulties and subsequent collapse meant that his attempts to appeal against his sacking were not followed up by personnel and legal representatives within the company.
The tribunal accepted that his right of appeal had not been honoured and awarded the damages.
Commenting on the case to Personnel Today, Mr Vanderwall said: "One of the biggest things I had for the industry was passion. I always gave 100% in my job but this was all eaten away and I was left unable to continue in an industry I had worked in for more than 20 years."
Mr Vanderwall now works as driving instructor.