Stylist wins unfair dismissal case

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A LOCAL hairdresser has won a case for unfair dismissal against a Buckingham salon.

An employment tribunal ruled unanimously that Buckingham stylist Charlotte Petch, was unfairly dismissed from her job at Browns, on Market Hill, Buckingham, in December.

Charlotte, aged 25, was encouraged to take the firm to tribunal by her mother, Debbie Rowe, who owns beauty salon Body Matters in Well Street.

“I felt she’d been unfairly treated,” said Mrs Rowe.

“She was in a real state.”

Mrs Rowe said Charlotte – known to her customers at Browns as Lottie – had gone to work at Browns on leaving The Buckingham School, and had gone back to the firm after leaving to work in Manchester for a few months.

She added that the process of preparing for the tribunal, which was heard in Bedford in June, had been long and hard, and Charlotte was represented on the day by a family friend.

Mrs Rowe said: “I’m delighted with the decision, after what was a stressful time before Christmas.”

Charlotte is now working as a creative colourist for Mahogany in Oxford.

“They took her on straight away,” said Mrs Rowe.

“She’s extremely happy there.”

A spokesman for Browns declined to comment.