Redditch project manager claims he was unfairly dismissed after sick leave (From Redditch Advertiser)
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Redditch project manager claims he was unfairly dismissed after sick leave
11:30am Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
A REDDITCH firm’s project manager complained he was unfairly dismissed after being on sick leave suffering from work related stress.
Martin Kilsby had been employed at the Redditch plant of Lorne Stewart Plc of Burnt Meadows Road, North Moon Moat.
The firm deals in engineering, architecture and surveying work and has 22 employees.
Mr Kilsby, who now lives in Derbyshire, was seeking compensation for unfair dismissal at Birmingham Employment Tribunal against his former employers after accusing them of treating him badly.
The tribunal was told that the firm had expected Mr Kilsby to return to work from sick leave and was welcomed back.
But Mr Kilsby said he had made an official grievance about the firm’s attitude and was later unfairly dismissed.
Part of his job was to visit different sites from the Redditch base and at the time of his dismissal Mr Kilsby was involved in a site at Birmingham.
The firm opposed Mr Kilsby’s compensation claim and said there had been “positional changes” and that the site management in Birmingham had told the Redditch management that he was no longer needed.
Tribunal judge Sheila Woffenden said this comment had not been included in the firm’s written evidence to the tribunal.
The respondents told Mrs Woffenden that they asked the Birmingham site management to take Mr Kilsby back but they were adamant.
Mrs Woffenden accused the respondents of not responding effectively to questions about why Mr Kilsby was dismissed and said some of the evidence appeared to be based on hear say conversations.
At one stage of the hearing, a tribunal panel member accused the firm’s operations director of “going on a fishing trip without bait” in an attempt to find out what was happening.
Eventually, the respondents said Mr Kilsby had lost his job after the Birmingham site management said they wanted “things done more quickly”.
The firm also accused Mr Kilsby of “not being helpful”, which he denied.
The case was adjourned to a later date for more evidence following a two day hearing.
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