Employment tribunal

Former Olympics star takes bosses to employment tribunal

An Olympics and Commonwealth Games medalist who suffered a breakdown is taking her old council employers to an employment tribunal.

Former middle-distance track star Yvonne Murray-Mooney took the decision to go for a tribunal after ending up in Wishaw General Hospital in 2012, suffering from work-related stress and anxiety.

The 49-year-old’s claim relates to when she was working with budding sports stars for North Lanarkshire Leisure at Time Capsule in Coatbridge near Glasgow and other locations.

A preliminary hearing of her case against North Lanarkshire Leisure was listed for Glasgow on 21st February.

At the time of her illness, Yvonne’s mum Mary Furnell told the Daily Record that she had been working her fingers to the bone and something like this was bound to happen.

“It is all down to the stress that she has at work,” she said. “She is just doing too much and sometimes has to work 86 hours a week.”

Yvonne was appointed to her role as senior athletics development officer with North Lanarkshire Leisure in 2008.

She was responsible for nurturing athletes of the future and grooming some of the area’s top talent.

Bosses described her appointment as a major coup.

Yvonne won a bronze in the 3,000m at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and a gold at 10,000m in the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada.

She was awarded an MBE in 1990 and inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

The preliminary hearing was expected to lead to a full hearing later in the year.

The tribunal was brought after North Lanarkshire Leisure terminated Yvonne’s contract after a prolonged period of illness, which she claims was down to her working conditions.

She is claiming unfair dismissal.

The council refused to comment on the case last week.

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