Celebrity chef’s ‘gagging order’ over discrimination claims

A “well-known celebrity chef” has obtained a temporary restricted reporting order to prevent the press from revealing the identities of people involved in claims brought against him by two former employees.

The chef is facing claims of unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and sex discrimination from a former female employee, while a former male chief executive of the chef’s business is claiming unfair dismissal, age discrimination and unpaid wages.

The case has made headlines largely because it is the latest in a series of instances of celebrities obtaining gagging orders to prevent them being named by the press. However, this case differs from the others in that it involves the business affairs and employment practices of the celebrity.

Furthermore, the restricted reporting order means that the identities of all those involved in the claims are prevented from being revealed; not just the identity of the “celebrity”.

XpertHR employment law editor John Read has written a detailed blog on the case, which outlines some of the facts around the claims faced by the chef, as well as the reporting restrictions that have been put in place.

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