A Royal Mail worker who was dismissed on the grounds of poor attendance is seeking compensation for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination, it has been reported.
Over a five-year period Jivan Sansoy of Leamington near Birmingham was off work for 18 months, which culminated in his dismissal in October 2006, roadtransport.com reports.
Royal Mail said that he had not always provided what they deemed satisfactory explanations for his absence and had given Mr Sansoy ample warnings about his taking long periods of time off.
However, Mr Sansoy claims that he had taken the time off work as a result of feeling stressed, depressed and persecuted by racist treatment from his employers. He also claims that he was denied overtime.
Royal Mail counters that he was given overtime, but had failed to arrive at work for the shift.
During his first year of work with Royal Mail, Mr Sansoy took 200 days off and had missed a total of 543 days over the course of his five-year employment.