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Barmaid sacked by text wins £14k compensation

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A barmaid sacked by text message after she overslept for a shift working at a pub has won £14,355 following an employment tribunal hearing in Dundee.

The tribunal heard the barmaid, Karen Ogilvie, worked at the Gaiety Bar in Dundee.

Pub manager Louise Connarty sent her a text message on 3rd January saying she had no option but to sack her for failing to turn up for the start of her evening shift.

Ms Ogilvie told the tribunal she sent numerous texts to Ms Connarty asking for her job back but received no reply. A subsequent letter sent by her solicitor at the Dundee North Law Centre asking for information about the dismissal was also ignored.

Ms Ogilvie also explained that Ms Connarty, who did not appear at the tribunal, left her alone in the pub for more than four hours during an 11-hour shift on 2nd January, causing her stress and meaning she was unable to go to the toilet or clear glasses from tables, and leaving her in a state of exhaustion the next day.

In a written judgement, tribunal judge Ian McFatridge said: "The tribunal were satisfied that the dismissal was procedurally and substantively unfair."

He also awarded Ms Ogilvie an additional £1,296 compensation for breach of contract and holiday entitlement.

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