It has been reported that Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai, a former contestant on Britain's Got Talent is suing Simon Cowell for £2.5 million because she was humiliated and degraded on the show*. Czikai lodged a claim in the employment tribunal in January and argues that the (unsuccessful) audition amounted to a job interview. Her claims included disability discrimination and she seeks compensation including loss of earnings and injury to feelings. The former nurse claims that she was not given a fair audition and her performance suffered as a result of cervical spine neuritis, which can cause head and shoulder pain and which affects her ability to hear her own singing voice in noisy environments such as the audition arena.
Tribunals Annual Statistics for 2009-2010 were recently published and show a significant increase in claims submitted to the employment tribunal. The recession is most likely to have been a factor contributing to the increase.
Roccoco, a new coffee lounge, has just opened in Leyland but it is no ordinary coffee lounge! Local residents can also benefit from a unique advice service whilst enjoying a coffee, along with one of the freshly baked cakes or pastries.
This unique venture, which is situated on Chapel Brow, Leyland has been founded by the Brothers of Charity in conjunction with Help Direct, and will provide advice on a wide range of issues from benefit advice through to housing problems. The centre will also provide help for residents with learning difficulties in a comfortable and friendly environment. All profits from the venture will go to charity.
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