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Musician wins unfair dismissal case

Musician wins unfair dismissal case

The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of a musician who took legal action against the Welsh National Opera (WNO) on the grounds of unfair dismissal.

Murray Johnson was fired by the orchestra in 2008 after 34 years of playing on the basis that he had become a liability to its stellar reputation, but the expert insisted this was unjust.

Consequently, the 63-year-old - who was the group's chief oboist - sued the WNO and claimed he has been sacked because of a personal vendetta ex-musical director Carlo Rizzi had against him.

An employment tribunal subsequently ruled that Mr Johnson had been fairly dismissed, but this decision has now been overruled by the Court of Appeal today (July 31st), meaning a new tribunal will now decide on the amount of compensation he is entitled to.

Lord Justice Maurice Kay commented: "To subject Mr Johnston to the handbook disciplinary procedure, minus the requirements of oral, written and final warnings, was procedurally unfair."

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Posted by Francesca Witney