As reported in the Simply-docs blog entry of 30th July 2012, black footballer Mark McCammon took his former club, Gillingham FC, to an employment tribunal, with claims of race discrimination, breach of contract, unfair dismissal and failure of payment of wages. He alleged that he and other black players at the club, were treated differently from white players. He also argued that the club tried to “frustrate him out” by refusing to pay private medical bills to help him regain his fitness following injury. An employment tribunal ruled in Mr McCammon’s favour, finding that his dismissal by Gillingham FC constituted unfair racial victimisation.
Gillingham FC have now lodged an appeal against the ruling, which will be heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The club confirmed their decision to take the case to the EAT following a meeting between Gillingham’s Chairman Paul Scally and lawyers of the football club.
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