An Asian man who was sacked from a catalogue company has won a ruling of racial discrimination in an employment tribunal.
Mohammed Kayat, 55, had worked for Grattan for 30 years before being sacked in 2004.
Following his return from a Haj pilgrimage Mr Kayat, who was prone to ill-health, was told that his exemption from flexible working hours was being suspended and was instructed to go and see a company-affiliated doctor.
However, after Mr Kayat said he could not work the new shifts that he was given, he called-in sick and did not return to work.
A representative of Grattan's parent company Otto UK said: "We are extremely surprised and disappointed with the judgement and will be appealing against it most vigorously."
Compensation for Mr Kayat is set to decided at a remedial hearing at a date yet to be established.