Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has urged employers to treat their staff fairly, as reports emerge of workers being dismissed because of the coronavirus.
As well as staff at Coylumbridge Hotel being told they no longer have jobs, reports are breaking of staff at G1 Group which owns bars, restaurants and clubs across Scotland being dismissed as a result of the outbreak. Staff at Edinburgh’s Cameo cinema have also been issued with notice.
CAS Social Justice spokesperson Mhoraig Green said:
“We are concerned to hear about a number of cases where workers have been dismissed by their employers due to the coronavirus.
“These cases should all be treated individually and much will depend on what the contract of employment says, but we would urge anyone who feels they have been treated unfairly to seek advice from their local Citizens Advice Bureau, who will give every help they can.
“We would also urge all employers to make sure they are following correct procedures in all aspects of their treatment of workers. The Government has introduced significant additional support for businesses in recent weeks and we would hope this would enable employers to protect their staff.
“The coronavirus is causing problems for all of us but people should be able to rely on basic human rights, and that includes the right to fair treatment at work.”
CAS employment rights advice on unfair dismissal can be read here.