Takeaway worker sacked after complaining about 'volatile' chef

Anxious takeaway shop worker sacked after she complained about a ‘volatilechef who told her ‘you don’t need a f*****g notepad to remember a f*****g sandwichwins almost £30,000 after unfair dismissal claim

  • Stephanie Nelson was shouted at by chef Chris Brown in a series of sweary rants
  • Ms Nelson was subjected to tirades while working at the takeaway in Rotherham
  • She complained to her bosses about his behaviour and had to take sick leave
  • But she was sacked when she raised formal grievances about how was treated
  • A judge found she was unlawfully dismissed due to disability and victimisation
  • An anxious takeaway shop worker has won almost £30,000 after she was sacked for complaining about a bullying chef who told her ‘You don’t need a f*****g notepad to remember a f*****g sandwich’.

    Stephanie Nelson was subjected to angry, expletive-riddled rants by ‘volatileChris Brown while working at a sandwich bar near Rotherham in South Yorkshire, 雇佣法庭审理.

    The chef’s Gordon Ramsay-esque cursing exacerbated Mrs Nelson’s anxiety and made her ‘nervous and frightenedwhich also increased the risk of her suffering from stress-related epileptic seizures, 听证会被告知.

    The tribunal heard her treatment worsened after she complained to bosses, and she was eventually let go after raising several grievances.

    Stephanie Nelson has been awarded nearly £30,000 in compensation after she was sacked for complaining about a chef's expletive-riddled rants to her. Mrs Nelson had been working at Hoggies (图为), in Wath upon Dearne, near Rotherham

    Stephanie Nelson has been awarded nearly £30,000 in compensation after she was sacked for complaining about a chef’s expletive-riddled rants to her. Mrs Nelson had been working at Hoggies (图为), in Wath upon Dearne, near Rotherham

    Now she has been awarded £28,380 in compensation after the tribunal ruled she had been discriminated against.

    Mrs Nelson began working for Hoggies Food Ltd as a catering assistant in their takeaway sandwich bar in Rotherham, 南约克郡, 在九月 2020.

    他现在赢得了年龄歧视的指控, held in Sheffield, heard she suffers from epilepsy, anxiety and depression, and occasionally suffered from ‘stress-related seizuresfor which she took medication.

    Hoggies was run by Peter Chadwick, 49, but was overseen by his wife, Jane Chadwick, who interviewed Mrs Nelson and offered her the job.

    During the interview Mrs Chadwick explained the sandwich shop’s ‘volatilehead chef, 克里斯·布朗 – who she described as a ‘handfulbut whose ‘bark is worse than his bite’ – would be Mrs Nelson’s manager.

    The tribunal was told staff at the sandwich shop often felt as though they were ‘walking on eggshellsaround Mr Brown, who would ‘swear habituallyand shout things like ‘it’s not f*****g hard’.

    During the pandemic customers were not allowed to enter the restaurant, and Mrs Nelson would therefore take orders at the door.

    Mrs Nelson also suffered from difficulties with her memory, and bought a notepad in mid-October to assist her in remembering orders.

    然而, Mr Brown angrily insisted she didn’t need a pad to note the ‘simpleorders down, 告诉她: ‘You don’t need a f*****g pad to remember a f*****g sandwich’.

    The panel heard Mrs Nelson was absent with illnesscomplaining of an upset stomachfor two days at the end of October.

    An employment tribunal heard that Hoggies (图为) had gone into liquidation before the case, but had reopened as a new company under the same ownership. The court ruled this was likely an attempt for the owners to avoid liability from Mrs Nelson's complaint

    An employment tribunal heard that Hoggies (图为) had gone into liquidation before the case, but had reopened as a new company under the same ownership. The court ruled this was likely an attempt for the owners to avoid liability from Mrs Nelson’s complaint

    When she returned to work in November, Mr Brown’s abusive behaviour towards her remained unchanged.

    在十一月 7, he shouted at her: ‘I don’t want it f*****g doing like thatI want it f*****g doing my way,’ 法庭听到了.

    These comments made Mrs Nelson feel ‘extremely nervous and frightenedand ‘exacerbatedher feelings of anxiety.

    She spoke to Mrs Chadwick, but felt Mr Brown’s behaviour towards her ‘worsenedfollowing their conversation, noticing that ‘as soon as she arrived at workhe would ‘shout and swear’ 显然有精神问题——在伐木事件发生后不久.

    The morning after receiving another abusive outburst in mid-December, the tribunal heard Mrs Nelson woke up feeling extremely unwell with a continuous migraine, which triggered her seizures.

    She later sent a text to Mrs Chadwick complaining of ‘bullyingMr Brown, and asked for her message to be treated as a formal grievance.

    在一月 2021 she wrote a grievance letter, focusing on Mr Brown’s behaviour towards her and accusing both her and Mr Brown of ignoring the ‘triggersof her disabilities.

    Later that month she was told by Mr Brown that Hoggies could no longer offer her 16 hours of work a week, and added her ‘bombardmentof text messages to both him and Mrs Chadwick had gotten ‘ridiculously out of hand’.

    A letter from Mrs Chadwick later confirmed the ‘mutual decisionto end her employment.

    But Employment Judge Neil Maidment said that the decision to end Mrs Nelson’s employment discriminated against her as a disabled person.

    Judge Maidment said: ‘The tribunal accepts the evidence that [Mrs Nelson] requiring a notepad arose out of her memory difficulties.

    ‘Mrs Nelson’s [十二月] absence followed abusive treatment she received from Mr Brown where the resulting stress and migraines impacted upon her by reason of her epilepsythere being a risk of seizures which rendered her unable to attend work.

    ‘Mrs Nelson’s dismissal by Mr Brown and therefore Hoggies Food in such circumstances amounts to unlawful discrimination arising from disability.

    Mrs Nelson’s claims of unlawful dismissal arising from disability and victimisation and failure to make reasonable adjustments succeeded.

    She was awarded a total of £28,380.77£18,000 of which was for injury to feelings.

    Hoggies Food Ltd entered a ‘voluntary creditorsliquidationin the summer of last year, which the tribunal concluded was likely in order ‘to avoid any liabilityarising from Mrs Nelson’s tribunal complaint.