I use the term 'victim', when in my personal opinion, through observation and experience, I consider an individual, or individuals, victims of circumstances which most would consider as constructive dismissal, or unfair dismissal - during the termination of employment.
I personally know of three instances, that meet with this criteria, and have heard from friend who I trust, of similar instances.
Although the 'official' reason given may have a little more credibility - I was personally informed that a couple were dismissed for being 'too fat' (managers), and another, for being 'black' (cook). This is in addition to the three instances mentioned above.
I think most people who know HS well, or have spent some time in his company, are aware of his alleged viewpoint on minority groups - which believe it or not, includes women!!! In fact it is alleged, that he refers to the majority of his patrons, as 'tap room class'
What really disappoints me - is the constant denial by some (usually loyal supporters of the brewery's produce) that such situations occur, on a very regular basis. Those same individuals also seem to be totally unaware of the fact that, with great wealth, really does give some, great power - which in the wrong hands, can prove very dangerous, and very unfair.
Anybody remember the incident (also reported on here) were a young couple were accused of something (unfounded, and to this day, totally unproven, as far as I'm aware), and evicted on to the streets, homeless, by the attending HS and locksmiths. The manageress even had a crying baby in her arms, and HS's best advice was allegedly something about grabbing a sheet of the beds to wrap the child in!!! That incident was escalated to their local MP that very same day. I think the place was the Crows Nest, Cleethorpes.
So many times, we never hear of any follow-ups - so who can imagine what really goes on? But it has been alleged on this site, that there have been occasions of legal challenges, met with a pay-offs from the brewery, who stipulate complete silence, as part of the agreement!!!
I'm sure as with all organizations, there are instances whereby a dismissal is necessary, and completely within the remit of the law / employment law. And that Sam's brewery in such situations are completely justified. Although I fear that the majority are not about someone committing gross misconduct - but simply as a result of a personal dislike of HS (for whatever reason), or due to the employee(s) being about to have more rights after two years of employment with the brewery (formerly 1 year, before the employment law was amended).
As the MD of a medium sized organization, I'm fully aware of instances when we have had to dismiss members of our own staff. Although I'm pleased to state, this is quite a rare occurrence - which could be down to careful recruitment/selection, and then supportive training, ongoing support, and our constant monitoring to ensure a happy working environment/relationship.
If my organization had what would appear to be the large management turnover, that Sam's had - then we would have to seriously identify where the problem was, for the sake of our businesses success against our competitors.