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Former Whatsonstage boss Terri Paddock settles long-running dispute out of court

Terri Paddock. Photo: Mads Holst

A long-running dispute between Whatsonstage co-founder Terri Paddock and the theatre website’s American owners has been settled out of court.

Earlier this year, an employment tribunal found that Paddock had been unfairly and wrongfully dismissed from Whatsonstage, where she had worked for more than 16 years.

She was dismissed from the position of editorial and managing director in December 2013 [1] and began legal proceedings shortly after.

A remedy hearing to determine her compensation was scheduled for October 16, [2]however a statement from Paddock confirmed the claim had been settled privately.

The statement said: “The employment tribunal claim has now been resolved privately between Terri Paddock and Whatsonstage Ltd without further determination by the employment tribunal and without the need for further hearings.”

The terms of the private settlement have not been disclosed. The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal within an employment tribunal hearing is £78,335.

Gretchen Shugart, chief executive of Theatermania – which owns Whatsonstage – confirmed the claim had been resolved but did not want to comment further.