Amanda Staveley's nanny loses unfair dismissal claim

Amanda Staveley’s nanny loses unfair dismissal claim after suing the Newcastle boss for firing her when she travelled to Brazil to ‘care for her sick father’ – and had cosmetic surgery

  • Nanny Maira Whittaker had worked for Amanda Staveley, 48, 自五月以来 2018
  • She received three weeks leave to care for her sick father in Brazil in early 2019
  • 在她的旅途中, she had cosmetic surgery, which ‘disconcertedMrs Staveley
  • She then returned to Brazil a second time after her ‘father’s condition worsened
  • Nanny told Mrs Staveley she wanted to resign before asking to stay in her job
  • Mrs Staveley informed her that the role had already been filled by someone else
  • A nanny who tried to sue Newcastle United director Amanda Staveley after being fired following two trips to Brazil has had her unfair dismissal claim thrown out.

    Maira Whittaker told an employment tribunal she was left ‘confusedwhen she was told that a new nanny had been employed to look after Ms Staveley’s young son.

    Yorkshire-born Ms Staveley, 48, who is worth around £100million and owns a home in the exclusive Park Lane area of central London, had employed Mrs Whittaker since May 2018.

    On her first trip to Brazil in early 2019, the nanny told Ms Staveleywho once turned down a proposal from Prince Andrewthat she was taking care of her sick father, and she was granted three weeks of compassionate leave.

    However when she returned, it transpired that she had received cosmetic surgery during her trip, which ‘disconcertedher employer, 法庭听到了.

    But Ms Staveley overlooked the matter and Mrs Whittaker continued in her £46,146-a-year role.

    阿曼达·斯塔维利, 48, (图为) who is worth around £100million and who has a home in the exclusive Park Lane area of central London, had employed Maira Whittaker as a nanny since May 2018

    阿曼达·斯塔维利, 48, (图为) who is worth around £100million and who has a home in the exclusive Park Lane area of central London, had employed Maira Whittaker as a nanny since May 2018

    在四月份 2019, Mrs Whitaker called Ms Staveley, who is married to British-Iranian financier Mehrdad Ghodoussi, and explained she would need to go back to Brazil as her father’s health condition had worsened.

    During the call, Mrs Whittaker said she was unsure whether she would be returning to the UK and the hearing was told she, ‘indicated that she would have to resign’.

    A fortnight later, Mrs Whittaker FaceTimed Ms Staveley and was told she would be welcomed back to her job but would have to let her know quickly as a replacement nanny was already being trialled.

    In the following days, Ms Staveley heard nothing from Mrs Whittaker and told the tribunal she assumed the nanny had decided to stay in her home country.

    After a new nanny was appointed, Ms Staveley received a text from Mrs Whittaker saying she was returning to the UK.

    Ms Staveley explained the position had been filled and Mrs Whittaker responded: ‘I thought when we spoke last time, we both agreed that I would let you know when I would return home, sorry I’m a bit confused, do I still have a job?’

    Mrs Whittaker was then formally fired by email and later sued her former boss.

    然而, in a recent ruling she lost her claims of unfair dismissal, non-payment of notice pay, non-provision of written reasons for dismissal and unpaid holiday pay.

    Employment Judge Mark Sutton QC ruled: ‘The reason for Mrs Whittaker’s dismissal stemmed from an erroneous belief on the part of Ms Staveley that Mrs Whittaker had indeed resigned, and the filling of her role in consequence.

    In a recent tribunal ruling, Mrs Whittaker lost her claims of unfair dismissal, non-payment of notice pay, non-provision of written reasons for dismissal and unpaid holiday pay (图为:  Newcastle United directors Mehrdad Ghodoussi and Amanda Staveley in the stands at Newcastle last month)

    In a recent tribunal ruling, Mrs Whittaker lost her claims of unfair dismissal, non-payment of notice pay, non-provision of written reasons for dismissal and unpaid holiday pay (图为: Newcastle United directors Mehrdad Ghodoussi and Amanda Staveley in the stands at Newcastle last month)








    ‘Although Ms Staveley’s belief was mistaken, that state of belief was strongly encouraged by Mrs Whittaker’s equivocation and delay in providing clarification of her future intentions.

    ‘Ms Staveley cannot be blamed for proceeding as she did, given the pressing need to locate a nanny to assist with the care of her son and the lack of any timely contact from Mrs Whittaker.

    Ms Staveley led the highly criticised takeover of Newcastle United which was primarily funded by the Saudi Arabian government’s sovereign wealth fund PIF and which saw Ms Staveley take a 10 昨晚系列赛回归的老将彼得·琼斯 – earning her £30million in the process.

    The deal, made official last month, sparked condemnation by human rights groups which claim it has allowed one of the world’s most oppressive regimes to ‘sportswashits reputation.

    The other Premier League clubs condemned the takeover, saying it damaged the competition’s brand.

    However Ms Staveley has insisted the partnership will be a force for good, telling The Guardian: “我理解并欣赏所有关于人权的信息,我们非常认真地对待它们.

    ‘But I wouldn’t bring partners into the consortium if they didn’t have the right record and PIF is autonomous and independent of the Saudi government. PIF拥有纽卡斯尔, 不是沙特国家.

    “在购买纽卡斯尔 PIF 不会隐藏,我们为他们感到自豪; 我们需要, 强的, 勇敢, 伙伴. 我爱勇敢, 多情, 人, 这就是我做生意的方式。’

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