16 July 2007
'Too tall' man seeks compensation for constructive dismissal
A man who stands 6ft 5 inches is taking his former employers to a tribunal claiming that his height forced him to give up his job.
Darren Arden, 20, of Harwich, Essex, is arguing that the fittings - such as the till and the sink - at the Morrisons coffee shop in which he worked were designed for shorter people.
As a result, he claims he suffered back pain which forced him to take time off work in 2005.
Mr Arden further states that upon returning to work the firm withdrew the offer of employment elsewhere in the store, thus preventing him from returning to his place of employment.
At the hearing in Bury St Edmunds, representatives for Morrisons have denied Mr Arden's accusations and are fighting his claim of constructive dismissal.
A Morrisons spokesman told the Guardian: "Morrisons is satisfied it took all appropriate steps to assist Darren in his return to work; the company does not accept he was let down in the way he alleges."