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Scottish football club chef wins constructive dismissal case

29 July 2009
Scottish football club chef wins constructive dismissal case

The head chef at a Scottish football club was left unable to do his job when the club was taken over by an Italian chairman and all business was conducted in Italian, an employment tribunal heard.

Andrew Park, 32, who worked for Livingstone FC, was awarded £8,000 by an employment tribunal in Edinburgh after successfully claiming constructive dismissal.

Park said that following the takeover he was the only person at the club who spoke English. He was given his instructions in Italian as well as being presented with menus in Italian with no indication as to their meaning in English.

He also said that he also began to be paid late but was unable to find out why because of the language difficulty. He told the tribunal that his position had become untenable at the club and that as a result he resigned.

Livingstone FC was not represented at the hearing.

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By Andrew Smith

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