Leeds Utd worker was unfairly dismissed

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Leeds United employee Lucy Ward wins unfair dismissal case

Lucy WardImage copyright Getty Images/BBC
Image caption Lucy Ward was Leeds United’s education and welfare officer, and also worked for the BBC as a pundit at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada

A Leeds United employee has won her case for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination against the club.

Lucy Ward claimed she was sacked because she was former head coach Neil Redfearn’s partner.

Ms Ward, who worked as the club’s education and welfare officer, travelled to Canada to work as a BBC pundit at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

The club, which denied any wrongdoing, claimed she was sacked for exceeding her annual leave entitlement.

At the tribunal, the judge said, on the balance of probabilities, club chairman Massimo Cellino told then club executive director Adam Pearson that Ms Ward had to leave the club.

The judge added there were no grounds to disbelieve Ms Ward’s testimony concerning her application for time off to commentate for the BBC.

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