GALLERY: Fenland businessman Nigel Marsh failed to pay woman �2,000 after unfair dismissal
DEBT-riddled businessman Nigel Marsh still owes a former employee more than �2,000 that he was ordered to pay by the courts for unfairly sacking her.
Margaret Jinks had worked at Walk the Dog for two and a half years under previous owners Tim and Kath Ablett but lasted a week when Mr Marsh took over the Chatteris pub in September 2009.
A year later a tribunal judged that the 58-year-old was unfairly dismissed and ordered the businessman, who recently applied to Cambridge Crown Court for a bailiff certificate, to pay �2,089.50.
• A basic award of �576
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• a compensatory award of �1,097.50
• notice pay of �314
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• holiday pay of �78
• and arrears of wages of �24.
She said: “He didn’t tell me face-to-face but over the phone. He dropped all my hours. I asked him to discuss it but he just said that there weren’t any available.
“It was gutting. I was forced on the dole as I couldn’t find any work, and after six months I was told I couldn’t claim anymore and I was left with no money coming in for myself.
Mrs Jinks, who now drives special needs children to school, is seeking legal advice after Mr Marsh failed to pay her by October 15 last year and bailiffs told her that she can’t get the money unless Mr Marsh’s business MP (Chatteris) Ltd goes into receivership.
She said: “It was brilliant at the time to win my case but afterwards it came apparent that he wouldn’t pay me.
“I read about him applying to be a bailiff but I don’t see how Mr Marsh can with so many chasing him.”
Last week it was revealed that Mr Marsh was ordered to pay �2,100 to DJ Mick Brown when the DJ asked his company UK Debt Collection to chase money owed to him by a closed Southampton local radio station.
The court has asked any person who knows any reason why he is not a fit and proper person to be granted a certificate to contact the manager by August 14.