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BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ winner pursues Employment Tribunal claim against her employer

Posted on Wednesday, 6th March 2013 by
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The 2010 winner of the BBC television show ‘The Apprentice’, Stella English, has commenced an action in the Employment Tribunal seeking damages against her employer as she claims the employment role she won as part of the show was a ‘sham’ as there was ‘no real role at the firm’.
Ms English claims her success on the show was awarded with a £100,000.00 a year salary as part of Lord Alan Sugar’s company Viglen but upon commencing the role it became obvious to her there was no real work for her to do and the role did not exist.  Ms English’s contract with Viglen was not renewed after its initial period and she was ‘forced’ to resign and find employment elsewhere.
Her claim is one of constructive unfair dismissal and she will have to show that whilst she resigned and was not dismissed, the circumstances surrounding her employment were such that she was effectively forced to resign and can therefore recover damages as a constructive dismissal claim.
Ms English claims she went onto the BBC show to enhance her capabilities and be mentored by Lord Sugar.  However, she says that did not occur and now presents her claim for damages.
The claim will be followed closely by viewers of the show and the judgment will no doubt be the subject of much discussion surrounding the show.  Whilst interesting from a viewer perspective, the claim is also interesting from an employment law perspective and we at Edward Hands & Lewis eagerly await judgment due at the conclusion of the final hearing.
If you think you are affected by a similar situation or would like to know more about constructive unfair dismissal please contact our employment law team via Paul Stubbs or Andrew Robinson on 0116 2665394 or by email to paul.s@ehlsolicitor.co.uk or andrew.r@ehlsolicitors.co.uk

Paul is our Managing Director in Leicester. All of our staff in Leicester are experts in their fields and dedicated to quality client care. If you would like to find out more about our solicitors in Leicester please contact us.

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