A Royal Mail postman who was dismissed on health grounds after his weight suddenly
increased to 25 stones has won his claim for unfair dismissal. Ronald Agnew
was removed from delivery duties and subsequently sacked when management argued
they could not identify a suitable alternative position. Management argued
that his weight meant it was difficult for him to fit into a van.
Mr Agnew was awarded £24,000 in compensation and reinstated to his position
after medical reports confirmed that he was fit to return to work. The tribunal
found that given the size and resources of the organisation, the attempts to
find an alternative role to accommodate his medical condition were inadequate
and his dismissal through retirement on the grounds of health was unreasonable
and unfair, despite a lump sum payment of almost £8500.