Former head of PR makes unfair dismissal claim

Sports brand The Extreme Group is facing charges of unfair dismissal, sexual discrimination, unfair reduction in wages and failure to pay maternity pay from its former head of PR.

Anna Penney was employed at The Extreme Group from the beginning of 2005 to August last year and was made redundant five months after taking maternity leave.

In a written statement, an Extreme Group spokesman said: ‘We denied (in court) that she was unfairly dismissed as alleg­ed.’ The case opened at the ­beginning of June at The London Central Employment Tribunal Court. The court is expected to reconvene in chambers in July to decide a verdict, which will be announced in August.

The Extreme Group, founded in 1995 by Al Gosling, started off selling lifestyle and sports programmes to broadcasters and in 1999 it launched The Extreme Sports Channel.

Extreme-branded businesses cover the retail, drinks, clothing, hotel and theme park sectors. It employs 250 people and is represented in 70 countries around the world.

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