Gunnarsdottir v Olympique Lyonnais [2023]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Decision Number
  • Legal Body
    Other Tribunals & Courts (OTAC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Family Friendly Rights, Comparative Law
Issues covered: Maternity Leave; Sick Pay; Football; Sports


The claimant was employed as a professional football player for the respondent, a very successful football club in France.  The contract between the two outlined that the respondent would ensure that the claimant benefits from the general social security stem for the entire duration of her employment.  This further indicated that there would be full pay for three months sick pay.

The claimant informed the respondent in March 2021 that she was pregnant. She was given ‘sick leave’ in March 2021 and she was allowed to return to Iceland (her country of birth).

The claimant’s salary was not paid in full though and this led to the UNFP (the Union representing professional

Already a subscriber?

Click here to login and access the full article.

Don't miss out, register today!

Are you fully aware of the benefits of Legal-Island's Employment Law Update Service? We help hundreds of people like you understand how the latest changes in employment law impact on your business.

Help understand the ramifications of each important case from NI, GB and Europe

24/7 access to all the content in the Legal Island Vault for research case law and HR issues

Ensure your organisation’s policies and procedures are fully compliant with NI law

Receive free preliminary advice on workplace issues from the employment team at Worthingtons Solicitors

Already a subscriber, now or Register

This article is correct at 26/01/2023

The information in this article is provided as part of Legal-Island's Employment Law Hub. We regret we are not able to respond to requests for specific legal or HR queries and recommend that professional advice is obtained before relying on information supplied anywhere within this article.

Jason Elliott BL

The main content of this article was provided by Jason Elliott BL. Email

View all articles by Jason Elliott BL