A cashier at a betting shop in Coventry has been awarded £9,000 compensation, after being traumatised by an armed robbery.
The incident happened at the Walsgrave Road branch of betting shop chain Ladbrokes, when two masked raiders burst into the shop and forced cashier Kerry Nicholls to open the safe.
The Coventry Telegraph is reporting that the armed robbers escaped with £3,000 in cash and left Ms Nicholls “hysterical” and “physically sick” following her ordeal.
The cashier launched a claim for psychological injury compensation against her employers, Ladbrokes Betting and Gaming Ltd, claiming that the company had failed to provide her with a safe working environment.
Her legal team argued that the betting shop should have installed a magnetic lock system, which could be controlled by staff during the hours of darkness and that failing to do so breached their “common law duty of care”.
Walsall County Court awarded Ms Nicholls £9,000 in compensation, after Judge Abbas Mithani QC ruled that by not operating a ‘mag-lock’ type system, the company had indeed breached their duty of care to protect staff.
Ladbrokes however intend to appeal against the decision, claiming that the ruling could encourage a flood of similar claims from past or present employees and force the company to make alterations to a large number of betting shops across the country.