A former P&O Ferries chef is reportedly suing the company for unfair dismissal, racial discrimination and harassment.
The BBC experiences John Lansdown has filed a tribunal declare in opposition to the company and its chief govt, and is looking for monetary compensation and exemplary damages of as much as £76million.
P&O Ferries stated its job cuts have been “categorically not based on race or the nationality of the staff involved”, in an announcement carried by the broadcaster.
Mr Lansdown stated the motion was in regards to the “bigger picture”.
“This is not just about me. Seven hundred and ninety nine of my seafaring family have lost their livelihoods, their way of life, their homes for half the year,” he instructed the BBC.
It comes after prison and civil investigations have been launched on April 1 into the choice by P&O Ferries to sack almost 800 staff.
The company was broadly criticised for making the seafarers redundant with out discover on March 17.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng stated the Insolvency Service had began “formal criminal and civil investigations”.
The Insolvency Service stated: “Following its inquiries, the Insolvency Service has commenced formal criminal and civil investigations into the circumstances surrounding the recent redundancies made by P&O Ferries.
“As these are ongoing investigations, no further comment or information can be provided at this time.”
P&O Ferries chief govt Peter Hebblethwaite instructed a joint listening to of the Commons’ business and transport committees that his company broke the regulation by not consulting with commerce unions earlier than sacking staff.