A CLEANER at a Solihull hotel who was sacked after £5,000 went missing from a guest’s room has denied she stole it.
The theft happened at the Metropole Hotel at the National Exhibition Centre, a Birmingham Industrial Tribunal was told.
Thai-born Phap Tomkland made compensation claims for unfair dismissal and race discrimination against Metropole Hotel (Holdings) Ltd, trading as Birmingham Metropole Hotel.
Matthew Purchase, for the company, said after a customer complained £5,000 had been stolen from the room, Mrs Tomkland - who was responsible for cleaning it - was suspended on full pay and eventually dismissed for gross misconduct.
“The card key she used had been used to gain access to the room to get to the money,” he said.
“She handed back a card key, but it was not the original one given to her. The respondents allege this was an inside job.”
Mrs Tomkland denied she was involved in the theft and said she always handed in watches and valuables left in rooms.
She said she had been employed at the hotel for three years and complained the management would not allow her to be represented by someone from her own country at the disciplinary hearing she attended.
Tribunal chairman David Kearsley said a decision on Mrs Tomkland’s claims would be made later.