Decision On Crystal Palace FC Dismissals Upheld

Court Of Appeal Rules On Case Related To Club’s Administration In 2010

15.11.2013

Crystal Palace FC has won a legal case at the Court of Appeal in relation to the dismissal of a number of employees in May 2010 when the club was in administration.

At the time of the dismissals, administrators were looking to sell the business but with the threat of liquidation chose to run the club with a skeleton staff and therefore dismissed 29 employees in total.

This case related to whether four of those employees were dismissed in a manner which meant that the Transfer of Undertaking Regulations 2006 (TUPE 2006) applied and the few individuals were transferred to the purchaser or whether this was not the case because of economic, technical or organisational (ETO) reasons at the time.

The Court of Appeal ruling reinforced the original decision of an employment tribunal by stating that the dismissals were due to ETO reasons, specifically as the club did not have the funds to pay the employees.

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