08 January 2013
Baker wins unfair dismissal claim
A tribunal has ruled in favour of a baker who took legal action against her former employer on the grounds of unfair dismissal and breach of contract.
Heather McCann lost her job at PB's Takeaway in Arbroath in 2011 when a new firm was set up in the aftermath of the collapse of Pie Bob's, where she had worked since 1988, The Courier reports.
The 48-year-old initially kept her job after the company changed hands in 2002, but new co-owner Neil Elford was advised to close the firm down and set up a new version when trade declined as consumers tightened their belts during the global downturn.
Mr Elford and his partner therefore created PB's Takeaway and while existing members of staff were invited to re-apply for their jobs, Ms McCann was unsuccessful.
She subsequently sued the organisation and a tribunal judge in Dundee has ordered Mr Elford/PB's Takeaway to award the claimant more than £7,000 for improper dismissal and the fact she was not given notice before being let go.
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