Varnish to tell tribunal she was wrongfully sacked by British Cycling
Both sides in the Jess Varnish versus British Cycling/uk Sport dispute spent the irst day of their employment tribunal reading each other’s paperwork, with Varnish’s camp receiving 4,000 pages of documents from their opponents this week.
The huge amount of documentation is understood to be a sign of how robustly cycling’s governing body and the elite funding agency intend to defend themselves against Varnish’s compensation claim at the Manchester Employment Tribunal this week. The 28-year-old was dropped from the Great Britain (GB) cycling team in April 2016, less than a month after she criticised coaches for mistakes made in qualifying for the Rio Olympics. She says being cut was punishment for speaking out and has claimed British Cycling’s then-technical director
Shane Sutton bullied riders and told her to “go and have a baby.” British Cycling maintains she was dropped because she was not quick enough but an internal investigation later found that Sutton had used sexist language, before an independent inquiry accused him of presiding over a “culture of fear.” Next week, more than two and a half years after being told her GB career was over, Varnish will start a two-step process to win damages for wrongful dismissal and sex discrimination.