McCammon Wins Race Case Appeal
Former Imp, Brentford FC, Doncaster Rovers, Gillingham FC, Millwall FC & Brighton & Hove Albion striker Mark McCammon will keep the £68,000 he won from The Gills last season. Gillingham FC have lost their appeal over the ruling it sacked the ex-Imp striker Mark McCammon ‘in an act of racial victimisation, See original STMI article HERE
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Back in July 2012, Mark McCammon won an unfair dismissal case against Gillingham FC, with the tribunal ruling he was was unfairly dismissed and that the dismissal was an act of racial victimisation. The Gills were – ”disappointed – in fact, staggered” by the decision and would be consulting their lawyers, Mark was awarded £68,000.
Mark brought the case against the Gills in June 2012, claiming he and other black squad members were treated differently to white players. He sued for race discrimination, breach of contract, unfair dismissal and failure to pay him.
Gillingham’s statement at the time said: “We are hugely disappointed – in fact, staggered – by this decision. As an organisation, we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against, nor victimise our staff. This case is the first of its kind to be brought against the club in its entire history – a history that has seen the club employ many thousands of staff of various race, religion and creed, none of whom have ever felt the need to bring such a claim.”
Gillingham said at the time that they would “discuss the judgement with our lawyers and decide upon the next course of action, whether that be an appeal against the findings, or another form of action, as deemed appropriate”.
The club subsequently lodged an appeal against the ruling that it sacked the striker in an act of racial victimisation, saying the case did not look at the main issues. At a hearing yesterday a judge upheld the original tribunal’s decision.
Mr McCammon, now 35, said: “It was traumatising and it sort of sabotaged my career in the football world, my progress. I had football clubs after me and that just deteriorated. It’s very, very unfortunate.”
Gillingham chairman Paul Scally told BBC South East: “We are confident that we dismissed Mark McCammon for the right reasons.
“It is unfortunate, very frustrating, but people associated with this football club are very well aware of the circumstances around this case and that the club is very much an equal opportunities employer.”
Mr Scally said after the appeal decision on Tuesday the reference to racism should not have been in the letter and said the tribunal and appeal ruled against the club because of the technicality of the term being included.
STMI would like to offer you all the the best Mark – is he still a good target man if fit, even at 35?
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