Formula One Boss Taken To Tribunal

Former employee claims he was ‘threatened with arrest’ in his Chiswick home

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McLaren racing boss Ron Dennis has been taken to an employment tribunal by a former employee.

Peter Boland, an aircraft steward living in Chiswick at the time he was sacked by Dennis in May 2007, claims his former employer sent around a private detective to intimidate him and threatened to have him arrested for theft over a dispute about his company car.

Boland claimed that the private detective tricked his way into his Chiswick home by saying he was a bailiff before he admitted he was acting on behalf of McLaren.

"I felt utterly defenceless and sick with worry about being arrested in my home," Boland told the tribunal. He is accusing the McLaren Group of discrimination and victimisation due to sexual orientation. These allegations have been denied by the defendant although it has been admitted that Boland was unfairly dismissed.

Boland worked for the McLaren boss for five years as a steward on his private aircraft before he was sacked for "lacking passion".

January 8, 2009