A Mayfair club is being sued after kicking out a member who was allegedly caught breaking Covid quarantine rules by an official who helped draft them.
Gina Mok, a self-proclaimed ‘private investor’, was kicked out of the exclusive Lansdowne Club last fall after Phoebe Topping, a Department of Health (DoH) official and colleague, discovered she had attended a club board meeting. from a trip to Bulgaria.
Ms. Topping is the International Certification Manager at the DoH and responsible for the development and implementation of travel vaccine certificate policy.
Ms Mok, who was not vaccinated, said she was unaware that the rules had changed. Later, she looked at the regulations and thought she was medically exempt.
She returned to the club the next day, angering Ms Topping, who allegedly urged her to quit her job. A club hearing revealed that Ms Mok had broken club rules and expelled her.
She is suing the Lansdowne for £50,000 in damages for “invasion of privacy, injury to feelings and person, distress and injury to [her] reputation”.
The two women were both members of the club’s board of directors.
Ms Mok, whose case was first reported by the Daily Mail, claims she was targeted by board members for questioning financial decisions and governance arrangements.
In court documents seen by The Telegraph, Ms Mok’s legal team say she should be given whistleblower protection.
Among his allegations, members of the club’s committee hid £45,000 of expenses for ‘Zoom booths and offices to rent’ under ‘business as usual’, and that the board pushed proposals for a new bar on the £350,000 roof despite a budget of just £200,000. for servicing.
Ms Mok also claims club staff have been instructed to watch her and treat her differently.
The club emailed members on Thursday saying: “It’s always a shame that these kinds of disputes fall into the public domain and can’t be settled ‘within the family’, but the truth in this case is that we simply do not recognize the claims as having any merit and therefore had no choice but to resist them in their entirety.
A club spokesperson told The Telegraph: “It would not be appropriate to comment in detail, other than to say that we were extremely surprised – given the factual background – that these claims were made first. venue. We will resist them very strongly.
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