19 November 2007
Manager awarded cash for unfair sacking
A former area manager has been awarded nearly £7,000 after a hearing ruled he had been sacked unfairly, the East Lothian Courier reports.
Mark Morrison, who had worked for Tile It All (UK) as its manager for Scotland, had contacted his boss via text message following the death of his brother to say he would be off sick until after the funeral.
The 36-year-old returned to work a couple of weeks later but was forced to take further time off due to his grief.
He sent further text messages to inform his company he had been signed off by a doctor for two weeks with depression.
Before returning to his job, Mr Morrison received a letter summoning him to a disciplinary hearing for alleged failure to follow company absence procedure and was subsequently dismissed.
During an employment tribunal, however, it was decided that his dismissal was unfair and that the firm's complaint that text messages were not acceptable was "petty".
Last year, Scotland saw more employment tribunal claims that anywhere else in the UK, according to recent statistics produced by Acas.