A pub manager who allegedly paid casual workers cash in hand to cover his shifts has agreed to settle his claim for constructive dismissal after only one day of an employment tribunal hearing in Glasgow.
John Madden worked at the Mitchells & Butler-owned Pullman Tavern in Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, and resigned last winter after his boss said he would need to attend a disciplinary hearing.
Leading up to this, Stanley Campbell, a retail business manager at Mitchells & Butler, said he noticed serious problems with health and safety at the pub.
He arranged for a "manager in training", Diane Muckersie, to take over Mr Madden's responsibilities -- effectively demoting Mr Madden to "deputy manager" in the process.
Mr Campbell said that it then came to light that: "John would pay someone £50 to do a shift, then disappear and they would do his job for him.
"What made it more incredible was that he was out the pub so much that he would be lucky if he was working 20 hours a week."
"Occasionally when they were short staffed he would be having a drink in the pub and not pulling his weight," he added.
Mr Campbell also told the tribunal that he met with Mr Madden on November 30 last year to tell him that he would need to attend a disciplinary hearing and that his job was at risk.
Mr Madden claimed that in the circumstances he had no option but to resign and sought legal advice about pursuing constructive dismissal.