£15,000 paid out for “Sick Lie”
A painter and decorator, signed off for several weeks with stress and depression by his company, took a job with another company. He was sacked, after a hearing which he failed to attend, for gross misconduct in claiming fraudulent sick pay. An employment tribunal ruled on a technicality that he had been unfairly dismissed. His employers had not followed the correct procedures in dismissing him. The company is also facing a bill of more than £5 000 for legal costs.
This highlights the need to follow the correct procedures, as even if a justified decision was made, if there was no a fair process it may go against you in a tribunal situation.
Female mechanic sues company for sex discrimination and is awarded £220,000
A maintenance manager sued the rail company she worked for after she was demoted and denied work in favour of her less-experienced male colleague. She had worked in the industry for 14 years but lost one position to a man with just 18 months experience. She was awarded more than 220,000 after a tribunal ruled she had been the victim of sex discrimination because her employer had failed to follow agreed procedure and had discriminated against her.
It is important to consider potential discrimination claims in any decisions you make, ensuring you are making a fair and justified decision.