14 April 2008
Bouncer wins £11k in unfair dismissal claim
A nightclub bouncer in the north-east has won an unfair dismissal claim after he was sacked following a drugs raid on his place of work.
Peter Orrick won more than £11,000 in compensation following a ruling by an employment tribunal, which agreed he had been discharged unlawfully, the Sunderland Echo reports.
The 46-year-old had been working as a bouncer at the Groove nightclub in Washington, part of the London Inn complex which also houses the Piccadilly Bar and the Lounge.
Following a drugs raid on the club, which saw the venue temporarily shut down, Mr Orrick was dismissed from his post, he claims, without just cause.
He told the Sunderland Echo that he has not been able to find work since his dismissal because of the damage it has done to his reputation.
Speaking of his legal victory, he said: "I'm absolutely flabbergasted by the size of the compensation package, but it was never about the money. I wanted to clear my name."
The nightclub's owner insists he fired Mr Orrick after witnessing him use "excessive force" to eject a customer.