Var­nish to tell tri­bunal she was wrong­fully sacked by Bri­tish Cy­cling

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - SPORT -

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.

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