17 December 2010
Disabled bus driver awarded compensation for unfair dismissal
A disabled bus driver has won an employment grievance case based on the grounds of unfair dismissal.
Paul Smith, of Montrose, was sacked by Stagecoach Scotland last year after he had endured more than 12 months suffering from back pain which was preventing him from doing his job properly, according to the Courier.
Mr Smith was involved in a road traffic accident - subsequently having to take time off work - and upon his return was offered a role as a conductor with the company, which provides services across the UK and employs 18,000 people.
The worker rejected this job offer and was then dismissed because he was said to have a "bad attitude".
However, a court case ruled that this was unfair and ordered Stagecoach Scotland to award him around £8,000 in compensation.
A spokeswoman for the firm commented that it was "disappointed in the outcome of the tribunal" and added "we are committed to ensuring the health and well-being of our employees".
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett