KFC has suspended an employee after she posted on Facebook about staff having to work in “freezing” conditions.
Hull Daily Mail report that Sarah Starkey has been told not to return to work at her branch of the fast food chain after complaining about the temperature on social media.
Starkey wrote that she recorded the temperature as less than nine degrees adding that "KFC Beverley Road making staff work in these conditions. Completely illegal but having our jobs threatened if we walk out. Legally it should be at least 13 degrees."
She then received a letter telling her that she was suspended over allegations she "posted comments on social media" in breach of her contract, and "put the company in disrepute".
KFC UKI, said: “A problem with the heating in our Hull Beverley Road restaurant has meant it may be colder than usual at the moment.
"We have provided mobile heaters and extra clothing for our team members so they’re as comfortable as possible and we are working to get the heating fixed as quickly as we can.”
Sarah, who's worked for the fast food giant for six months, said she expected to be sacked for speaking out, but believes it's a worthy price to pay if conditions are improved.
Workplace temperatures are covered by the Workplace Regulations 1992, which place a legal obligation on employers to provide ‘reasonable’ temperature in the workplace.
The Approved Code of Practice suggests the minimum temperature in a workplace should normally be at least 16 degrees Celsius.
If the work involves rigorous physical effort, the temperature should be at least 13 degrees Celsius.