Explosive letter

BrewDog accused by ex-staff of ‘culture of fear’

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BrewDog owner James Watt has been forced to make a grovelling apology to former staff who have accused the brewer and pubs chain of being a “toxic” employer.

In an open letter, 61 former employees said they felt fearful and had suffered mental health issues as a consequence of working at the company.

They alleged there were safety concerns and they were expected to cut corners for the business.

“It doesn’t matter which part of the business we worked in… we all felt that in our day-to-day working lives, there were at best hurdles, and at worst genuine safety concerns,” the letter said.

“So many of us started our jobs there eagerly, already bought into the BrewDog ethos, only to very quickly discover that ‘fast-paced’ meant ‘unmanageable’ and ‘challenging’ meant ‘damaging’.

“Put bluntly, the single biggest shared experience of former staff is a residual feeling of fear. Fear to speak out about the atmosphere we were immersed in, and fear of repercussions even after we left.”

The letter added that “a significant number of people have admitted they have suffered mental illness as a result of working at BrewDog.”

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