Lawyers have hit out at Gordon Ramsay's behaviour and language on reality TV programme Hell's Kitchen, saying if he treated his employees like that he'd be in court.
Ramsay's much publicised swearing and verbal abuse has been graphically portrayed during the past week as his celebrity kitchen recruits have failed to live up to his expectations - and those of the hungry guests.
But while the celebrity chef's behaviour makes good television, lawyers warn that in a real working environment, Ramsay could easily be taken to court for discrimination and unfair dismissal. "What is good for television doesn't make for happy workplaces," said Ray Silverstein, head of law firm Browne Jacobson's employment team. "Ramsay's behaviour and comments would certainly be enough for employees to take him to court."
There is currently no limit on compensation for discrimination in the workplace, and claims for dismissal can amount to £50,000.
New regulations coming into force on 1 October will make it harder for employers to dismiss or discipline staff, enforcing a new system of minimum procedures.
Ramsay was unavailable for comment.
Source: Caterer & Hotelkeeper magazine, 3 June 2004