17 March 2008
Company director sacked by husband claims unfair dismissal
A former secretary and company director has taken her former employers to tribunal after being sacked by her husband.
Karen Phillips, told the hearing that she had received a letter from her businessman husband and company owner David Phillips notifying her she had been dismissed after their marriage broke down, the Birmingham Mail reports.
She subsequently sought compensation for unfair dismissal and holiday pay.
Mr Phillips, meanwhile, accused his wife of insubordination at work, claiming that she refused to do as he asked. He stated that their relationship was detrimental to the firm.
He stood accused of dismissing his wife without conducting the necessary disciplinary procedure from her position at Phillips Steel Construction, a construction and repair firm.
Following a two-day hearing, the pair reached an undisclosed settlement through their legal representatives in a private agreement.
The move had been recommended by tribunal chairman David Dimbylow.