11 May 2012
Handyman awarded unfair dismissal damages
Unfair dismissal compensation has been awarded to a handyman who was sacked by his multi-millionaire employer for feeding leftover food to a dog.
Ivor James worked for property tycoon and racehorse owner Raymond Mould at his country estate in Gloucestershire, but was fired with immediate effect during a 12-minute phone call.
Mr Mould was unhappy that Mr James had given a lamb bone to his Labrador, as he insisted doing so was "grossly irresponsible" as it could have resulted in the dog choking.
However, the 60-year-old employee told an employment tribunal in Birmingham that he had only given the "fatty end" of the leftover to the canine, meaning it was not dangerous.
Therefore, Judge Christopher Camp ruled in favour of the Mr James on the basis he was not even given the courtesy of a face-to-face discussion.
"Simply picking up the phone and telling somebody that they are sacked is not a way any reasonable employer would behave," he added.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas