02 November 2007
London worker receives £550,000 payout
A former London park worker has been awarded compensation of £550,000 at an employment tribunal in Croydon, the BBC reports.
The man, who had worked as a gardener in the Lambeth area of London - which includes areas such as Brixton, Streatham and Clapham - suffered from learning difficulties.
At the hearing, it was alleged that the employer, Lambeth Serviceteam, had used a system for selecting employees for redundancy that was weighted against disabled workers.
It included such things as whether staff drove a car and the number of days they had been absent from work.
Record compensation was awarded at the hearing after it was found the man, who had been 34-years-old at the time of losing his job, had been unfairly dismissed. The sum represents loss of earnings until retirement.
The man was one of a group of 24 union members who had claimed unfair dismissal. In total, they were awarded £1.3 million.