10 September 2009
Execs win unfair dismissal case
A total payout of £45,000 has been awarded to three men after they won an unfair dismissal case at a central London tribunal this week.
Park Resorts' former chief executive Martin Grant and fellow executives Richard Hunt and Colin Bramall were sacked without notice in December 2008 and judge James Taylor found employer GI Partners (GIP) to be in "flagrant breach" of the rules on dismissal, the Times reports.
"It is admitted that there was a failure to comply with statutory procedures," he commented.
Judge Taylor accepted GIP's assertion that the men were fired due to unsatisfactory performance at the caravan park operator, stating: "The reality is that this was a business that would fail unless drastic action was taken."
However, he rejected the company's claim to be awarded costs and said GIP, a private investment firm set up in 2000, was fully aware of the consequences of its actions.