The former Chelsea doctor, Eva Carneiro, who was dismissed after a bust up with then-manager Jose Mourinho, has failed to reach a settlement agreement with the club resulting in a private employment tribunal hearing beginning this week.
Due to both parties being unable to reach a settlement, it is expected that the case will end up in an employment tribunal and could result in lengthy court action.
Carneiro’s has launched a constructive dismissal and sex discrimination claim after she was frozen out of her job with the club. The club doctor had fallen out with the then manager of the club after she ran onto the pitch to treat a player in the dying minutes of a game, against the manager’s wishes. The doctor was banned from first team matches and attending the ground on certain days, ultimately leading her to quit her role at the club.
She then took legal action citing unfair dismissal after she has asked to be reinstated in her role as the first-team doctor. Carneiro claimed for damages for sex discrimination from Jose Mourinho, as well as personal injury compensation and aggravated damages from the club. It is believed that the number of cases launched by Carneiro made it difficult for any settlement agreement to be met.