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Tribunal awards man £15,000 over 'disgraceful' treatment

By This is Tamworth  |  Posted: September 09, 2010

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A TAMWORTH man has been awarded £15,000 following the loss of his job after Birmingham Employment Tribunal heard he had been treated in a "disgraceful manner".

Barry Pemberton, of Glascote Road, Tamworth, had been employed by a firm which was taken over by TRH Electrical Ltd, of, Birmingham, the tribunal was told.

Mr Pemberton, who was claiming compensation for redundancy and unpaid wages, said he lost his job with the new firm with less than two years of employment.

Roy Summerfield, representing Mr Pemberton, said his client had been given no written terms of employment and that the firm had also failed to respond to his complaints.

"The firm failed to pay some of his wages and he was treated in a disgraceful manner," said Mr Summerfield.

Mr Pemberton, who should have been paid £600 a week as a labour manager, said: "The management said they would pay me as soon as possible but they never did."

Tribunal Judge Miss Frances Monk awarded Mr Pemberton a total of £15,121 which included unpaid wages and compensation for having no written terms of employment.

The firm, which is registered with Companies House at an address in Wheeleys Road, Edgbaston, did not attend the hearing and was not represented.

A tribunal spokesman said after the hearing that Mr Pemberton could enforce payment of the award through the county court if the firm failed to pay up within a few weeks.

Mr Pemberton declined to comment about the ruling.

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