22 December 2010
Football manager wins unfair dismissal case
A football manager has been awarded a compensation settlement from his former employers on the grounds of unfair dismissal.
According to the BBC, John McCormack has been granted damages by Hamilton Academical Football Club - who compete in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League alongside clubs such as Glasgow Rangers - after he was dismissed for "allegedly bullying players and sexually harassing a female colleague" in August 2008.
Mr McCormack won his case at Edinburgh's Court of Session earlier this year and received a compensation award of more than £31,000.
Despite labelling some of the comments made by the manager about and in front of a female physiotherapist as "wholly inappropriate", Lord Woolman, who was presiding over the case, stated that evidence Mr McCormack had bullied other members of staff was "unconvincing".
He added that all incidents cited by Hamilton Academical "did not justify summary dismissal" and subsequently ruled in favour of the individual.
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Posted by Daniel Stevens