Jess Varnish has decided to lodge an appeal against January’s ruling in her landmark employment tribunal against British Cycling and UK Sport.
The former track sprinter, who was dropped from British Cycling’s Olympic programme in 2016, has always insisted that she was dropped as retribution for speaking out against coaches.
Varnish argued in her tribunal in December that her relationship with British Cycling and UK Sport had been akin to that of an employer/employee.
But the judge did not find in her favour, meaning she was unable to pursue a case for wrongful dismissal and sexual discrimination.
Varnish was given 42 days from the date of the judgement – Jan 16 – to appeal. She has chosen to challenge the ruling relating to British Cycling. No appeal has been lodged relating to UK Sport.
Varnish’s lawyer Simon Fenton, of Constantine Law, said: “The appeal tribunal has been asked to overturn the original judgment and to decide that Ms Varnish was an employee.”
He said the tribunal was wrong on a number of counts, including in how it found the services and benefits she received from British Cycling were not remuneration; and how it “failed to explain how the work performed by a professional football player is different from the work performed by Jess for British Cycling”.