23 May 2011
Unfair dismissal compensation awarded to Aston Villa employee
Compensation has been awarded to a former employee of a Premier League football club after he launched a grievance complaint against them on the grounds of unfair dismissal.
According to the Birmingham Mail, a tribunal has ruled that John Lerwill was unjustly relieved of his duties as Aston Villa's full-time history writer following a disagreement with regard to an article published on the club's official website.
This article was written about William McGregor - founder of the Football League - and attracted criticism from supporters on a fans' website, which resulted in the club sacking the 65-year-old for allegedly making "inappropriate" comments in reply.
However, Mr Lerwill insisted he had not written the piece and was therefore defending his "reputation as an author" by responding, an opinion the tribunal agreed with.
This comes shortly after it was revealed that an arbitration tribunal has begun to try and establish the reasons behind Martin O'Neill's abrupt departure from his post as manager at Aston Villa last August.
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Posted by Daniel Stevens