Stella English, 34, the winner of TV show The Apprentice, has taken Lord Sugar to a tribunal for constructive dismissal, describing her £100,000 a year role as that of an "overpaid lackey." English beat 15 other apprentices to win the sixth series of the hit BBC1 show, though Sugar told her he did not "give a shit" when she resigned, according to The Guardian.
The 34-year-old was rewarded with a role in Sugar's Viglen division, supplying IT equipment to academy schools, though when she was told her contract would not be renewed she was given no choice but to resign. She told the hearing at East London Employment Tribunal Service that on her first day at Viglen, its chief executive Bordan Tkachuk looked at her with "contempt" and told her "There is no job." She fought back the tears after describing being "ostracised" by her colleagues, who told her she had taken over another woman's job that had a salary of £35,000. English was relegated to carrying out basic administration.
"My reasons for going on to The Apprentice was to be an apprentice and to be mentored by Lord Sugar," she said. "I didn't believe that they would pay me £100,000 a year to do anything less than £100,000 worth of work." Mr Sugar only saw her five times during her 13-month employment.
English said that when she looked through the company's accounts, she realised that it only made £800,000 a year profit, despite an annual turnover of 60 million.