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Clipper sailor sues Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

by on 7 Aug 2014
Ruth Harvey, Clipper 2013-14 (c) Clipper Ventures Plc
Sailor and employment lawyer Ruth Harvey is suing Sir Robin Knox-Johnston over allegations of victimisation and harassment after paying £40,000 to compete in the Clipper 2013-14 race.annual race. The 50-year-old is claiming she should be classed as an employee having been part of a crew.

Harvey, who failed to complete the race, now wants a legal ruling that will delineate between paid participants and employees. Two days have now been set-aside in November to decide whether Ms Harvey has a case, following a preliminary hearing at Southampton Employment Tribunal last month.

Speaking to legal website RollOnFriday, Ms Harvey argued: 'I was a worker for the provisions of the Employment Rights Act, as regards safety, and I was covered by Equality Act provisions 'in any capacity' on board, as regards harassment. 'Complex legal argument here involves both domestic and EU law and similar recent cases have gone as far as the Supreme Court.'


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