A cook was sacked from a Birmingham gentleman's club after claiming it was the dirtiest place she had ever worked, an employment tribunal was told yesterday.
Sarah Ross had grown increasingly frustrated with a booming rat population that had infested the kitchen at the 148-year-old St Paul's Club, the bench heard.
But when she highlighted her health and safety concerns to the club's manager Mei Liu she was forced out the following month, she claimed.
Ms Ross's solicitor Joe Sykes said: "On January 24 she complained about the rats, in particular a baby rat that was dying under a piece of sticky paper.
"She said 'I told her it was the dirtiest place I have ever worked and the club should be closed down'."
Mr Sykes claimed Ms Ross warned management the kitchen was in need of an industrial clean and was not given enough help to keep the area hygienic.
Ms Ross, aged 51 from West Bromwich, claims she was unfairly dismissed.
The St Paul's Square club maintains Ms Ross was sacked because of her "inability to work with large number of patrons".
Birmingham Tribunal Court said it will be issuing a written judgement on the case within the next two months.