Arbroath woman awarded £3,000

AN ARBROATH woman who lost her job as a cleaner without notice when the pub she worked in closed down has been awarded over £3,000 by an employment tribunal.

Owner of the Crown Inn pub, Marcus Tait, of Lineside Cottage, St Cyrus, was ordered to pay Wendy Taylor, of Maple Gardens, Arbroath, £1,531 redundancy pay, £974 pay in lieu of notice and £556 for failing to give her a statement of the terms and conditions of her employment.

At the tribunal, employment judge Ian McFatridge heard that when staff arrived for work on August 20 last year they were told that the pub would be closing immediately.

Mr Tait did not appear in person at the hearing nor did he have any representation. However, Mr Tait did supply a document to the tribunal to explain that he was forced to close the pub as the licence holder for the premises had just resigned.

He also said that the pub was operating at a severe loss and the bank had advised him to sell.

He added that creditors were owed large sums of money, including the bank and the taxman, and that he had no cash with which to pay staff wages.