Unfairly dismissed employees losing out as firms go under
Saturday 2nd March 2013, 4:00PM GMT.
COMMERCE and Employment has admitted that it is powerless to help people who have won claims for unfair dismissal but have not got their money.
At least four people who were wrongly sacked in recent years have been left counting the cost after their employers went bust.
‘Unfortunately, when a company goes into liquidation many creditors are affected,’ said a department spokesman.
He said the department was conducting a review of the island’s insolvency law regime and issues such as this would be part of it.
In November, an Employment and Discrimination Tribunal awarded Gary and Lisa Thompson a total of £41,561.
Mr Thompson, a chef, and his wife, who was ‘front of house’, were running the restaurant at Beaucette Marina for On The Rocks Ltd.
The company accountant mailed the tribunal a few days before the hearing to say On The Rocks Ltd was no longer trading.