Newsagent fined for forcing manager to work 97-hour week

Newsagent
Martin’s has been fined £5,000 for making a manager work long hours.

Maureen
Lumbard, manager of Martin’s Thetford, Norfolk’s branch worked an average of
71.3 hours a week and at times up to 97 hours a week – more than double the 48
hours a week Working Time Directive maximum.

Lumbard
worked 12-hour shifts without a lunch break and had to shut the shop to go to
the toilet or make coffee.

The
company admitted failing to protect her health and safety and was ordered to
pay her £1,200 compensation.

Lumbard
said, "Despite these horrendous conditions I carried on because I love my
job." 

By Paul Nelson

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