Aussie Trainer Alleges ‘Restraint Of Trade, Discrimination’ In Lawsuit Filed Against Racing NSW

Former trainer Pam Webber, who was based at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, has filed a lawsuit in the NSW Supreme Court against Racing NSW and its CEO, Peter V'landys, for alleged “restraint of trade, discrimination, and oppressive conduct.”

ABC News reports that Webber claims that V'landys and Racing NSW refused to renew her trainer's license “as punishment” after she filed a worker's compensation claim as a result of injuries she sustained in a track accident in 2012. Webber suffered spinal injuries after she fell off a horse at the track. She has been unable to work since.

“I was in a lot of pain, a lot of neck pain and a lot of back pain … so I couldn't work,” Webber told ABC News. Webber filed a worker's compensation claim with Racing NSW, which is self-insured.

After Racing NSW rejected her claim, Webber spent the next four years fighting the organization in court. The courts eventually ruled in her favor, and Webber received payment, but Racing NSW then declined to renew her trainer's license.

Webber alleged that “it seemed, as it came immediately after we won the final case with worker's compensation, as a punishment for standing up to them.”

“I couldn't believe that I'd got over all those hurdles, all that hardship, and they were going to pull the rug from underneath me,” she said.

Webber is one of several trainers that have claimed that there is “a culture of bullying in the industry.”

However, V'landys claims that Webber's license was not renewed because she was “riding against the advice of her own doctors”, and posed a “danger to herself and to others.”

Read more at ABC News

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