Bad managers | Loyal worker paid off after texting-in-sick furore

Loyal worker paid off after texting-in-sick furore

A black worker who was let go for ‘job abandonment’, despite texting his boss to tell him he would not be able to make his shift due to sickness, has won an out of court settlement after it was found his employer may have discriminated against him.

The man took his case to different courts arguing that he was treated less favourably than white colleagues and should not have been let go over supposed poor performance.

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Comments (2)

  • Nats
    Tue, 29 Oct 2019 8:43pm GMT
    Discrimination and unfavourable treatment happens in every company. We do not hear some stories as most employers try to settle these cases within the business by offereing payment and signing settlement agreements with ex-employees. At least this guy was a permanent staff. Agency employees working for a company have less rights. In the UK permanent staff in the same position get bonuses but agency employees are not entitled to company bonus. It is not right! UK is like last century from paperwork to payment. The only thing that is fine - all their discimination policies. At least can exercise your rights this way.
  • Boris
    Tue, 29 Oct 2019 1:34pm GMT
    I am so glad that this worker was able to win this legal battle. The fact that this manager was using his own "interpretation" of a rule means that he's ignoring policy, something that seems to be happening more and more. What is the point of a company having a policy if managers are ignoring it? I hope that this case sends a clear message that not only should companies adhere to their policies, no matter how people feel about them, but that workers are treated as equal regardless of any protected characteristic.