25 February 2008
Executive found to have unfairly sacked wife by email
An executive of a removals company has been ordered by a Kent employment tribunal to pay his estranged wife £3,000 in lost earnings after it was ruled that he had unfairly dismissed her.
Berin Riley, who works for Channelmoving.com - an international removals firm - sacked his wife Trudi by email, claiming she was surplus to requirements, the Times reports.
The message, which was sent in October 2007, came after the pair had broken up. Ms Riley had received no verbal warning prior to being sent the message.
Speaking after the hearing, Ms Riley stated that she and her husband had separated after she discovered he was having an affair.
However, Mr Riley, who acknowledged that he had failed to follow the correct employment procedures, stated: "Our marriage ran into difficulties but I didn't have an affair."
They are currently seeking a divorce.