Tesco hit with €18,000 unfair dismissal payout
A former security manager at Tesco has been awarded €18,000 by the Employment Appeals Tribunal, which found he was the victim of "significant procedural unfairness."
4 January 2017 | 0
Tesco has been ordered to pay a former security manager at one of its stores €18,000 in damages, after the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) found that his dismissal was subject to “significant procedural unfairness,” the Irish Times reports.
Alan McNally suffered a heart attack following his dismissal in 2014, which came after he removed a VTech toy from the store without paying. He returned the toy some days later, after checking it would be suitable for his child. While Mr. McNally made no effort to conceal his actions, the company maintained that this was in direct breach of its staff-purchase and honest policy, and dismissed him.
The EAT found that while the company’s grounds for dismissal were reasonable, its actions in handling the incident – including refusing to engage with the man’s solicitor and ignoring several appeals against the sacking – amounted to the aforementioned “significant procedural unfairness”.
In response it ordered the company to pay its former employee damages of €18,000.