Business icon Lord Alan Sugar has sensationally been sued today for unlawful dismissal by a contestant on BBC One hit show The Apprentice. Monaco-based estate agent Myles Mordaunt, who felt the wrath of Sir Alan's pointy finger two weeks ago, claimed it 'did not make practical sense' to fire somebody who was yet to be hired, insisting it 'must therefore be illegal', and a tribubal hearing in Wood Green, London, has proved just that.
Thomas Lynch, an employment lawyer who represented Mordraunt said: 'The premise of the show is the firing and eventual hiring of candidates for public entertainment, but the tribunal has correctly agreed that, as Lord Alan Sugar was genuinly seeking an employee, he was therefore legally obligated to abide by the strict employment laws, just like everyone else'.
'Sacking somebody before actually hiring them not only doesn't make sense, but it's incredibly unfair - I didn't even get a chance to prove myself in the role. I'm just pleased justice has prevailed', said the 42-year-old ex-Apprentice.
Speaking outside Wood Green Court this afternoon, Lord Alan said: 'Bloody bureaucrats. Apparently, under this poxy law, if I'd have said "Myles, unfortunately we are not able to offer you a permanent position, therefore your paricipation in this process has hereby been discontinued", that would have been fine. How the hell am I meant to learn that load of gibberish each episode? What a load of old rubbish'.