An Employment Tribunal has found that a man was unfairly dismissed when he was sacked after private investigators followed him on a booze run to France when he was on sick leave from work. Ed Wilson injured his elbow and could not drive to work at Mars UK Masterfoods, and then remained off work after suffering from depression.
Mr Wilson was followed to France after rumours circulated that he was selling colleagues cigarettes and alcohol. He was then summoned to work and told to attend a disciplinary hearing. At the hearing, he was instantly dismissed and his appeal refused. The tribunal held that he had been unfairly dismissed as the employers had failed to follow the minimum statutory disciplinary and dismissal procedures.