A former Laing O’Rourke director has lost his case for unfair dismissal against the company after a court ruled it was unfounded.
It is understood that Neels Kriek, a former managing director at Laing O’Rourke’s European operations, had claimed that he was laid off because of concerns he had raised about some of Laing O’Rourke’s business practices.
However, an employment tribunal in Ashford in Kent ruled that there had been no “whisteblowing” disclosures and subsequently decided that claims for unfair dismissal were unfounded.
The judge will issue a written decision next month.
A Laing O’Rourke spokesman said: “Mr Kriek had alleged that his dismissal was due to certain alleged ‘whistle blowing’ disclosures he made during his employment. Laing O’Rourke vigorously defended this claim, which it considered to have been brought in bad faith to pressurise the Group to consider an out of court settlement. That claim was struck out by the Tribunal on the second day of the hearing on the basis that it found Mr Kriek did not make any ‘whistle blowing’ disclosures. Mr Kriek later withdrew the underlying allegations.”