Apprentice winner 'treated like lackey', tribunal is told
A WINNER Of TV show The Apprentice claimed Lord Sugar told her he did not care, when she resigned from the £100,000-a-year job he gave her when she came face to face with him at an employment tribunal.
Stella English, 34, beat 15 other wannabe apprentices to win series six of the hit BBC1 show in 2010.
She was rewarded with a role in Lord Sugar's Viglen division, supplying IT equipment to academy schools, but said that when the millionaire business mogul told her he would not be renewing her contract she was given no choice but to resign.
She is claiming constructive dismissal against Lord Sugar, describing the £100,000-a-year role she was given as that of an "overpaid lackey".
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Ms English, of Whitstable, Kent, told the hearing at East London Employment Tribunal Service that on her first day at Viglen its chief executive, Bordan Tkachuk, looked at her with "contempt", and told her: "There is no job."
Ms English fought back tears yesterday as she said she was given no guidance about what she was meant to be doing, and was "ostracised" by her colleagues who told her she had taken over another woman's job which had a salary of £35,000.
Relegated to carrying out basic administrative tasks and with no real role, Ms English said she felt her employment was a "sham".
She also said she did not feel like Lord Sugar's "apprentice" as she only saw him five times during her 13-month employment.
The tribunal was adjourned to 10am today, when Ms English will continue to be cross-examined.