SACKED hotel staff have hit back at claims they were dismissed over poor performance and cleanliness.
Seaham Hall told 19 of its team in a meeting on Thursday, October 4, or by telephone, that they were no longer employed.
They were given no explanation for the decision and the chairman of Seasons, which bought the business in February, has not returned several requests from the Echo for comment.
Now the workers, who include chefs, members of the kitchen team, waiters and bar staff, have received a letter outlining why the company let them go.
It states: “Simply put, the restaurant is not delivering the very high standard that clientele should be expecting from a restaurant and hotel of the standard of Seaham Hall and Spa.
“The failings run throughout the restaurant, from preparation to service, and extend to a blatant lack of cleanliness and hygiene.
“Unsurprisingly, and quite properly, this has led to numerous complaints from people visiting the restaurant.”
It adds the White Room, which was once led by Michelin-starred chefs, was already earmarked for closure in January.
However, staff say they faced no disciplinary action, such as written or verbal warnings, over the issues raised and are receiving legal advice over the loss of their jobs.
They are continuing to seek advice on what action they can take against bosses.