June 29, 2022, 12:10 | Updated: June 29, 2022, 12:14 PM

A man has been awarded damages after being fired.

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Craig Jewell has been fired after taking the day off to accompany his pregnant partner on a date.

A factory worker, who was made redundant for taking the day off for the emergency scan of his pregnant partner, has been awarded over £8,000 in compensation.

An employment tribunal has heard Craig Jewell tried to book a day off from his job as a machine operator at Stax Converting Limited as soon as he learned of the appointment.

But his supervisor Garren Lowndes told him: ‘Can you f*** have Monday off.’

Mr Jewell then asked if he could swap a pre-booked holiday, before trying to book it as dependent leave as he needed to look after a six-year-old child while his partner was away the hospital.

A man was fired for taking a day off to care for his pregnant girlfriend

A man has been fired for taking a day off to care for his pregnant girlfriend.

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When the online booking system didn’t work, he canceled his vacation requests and submitted another unpaid leave request and received no response.

On Monday morning, the court heard he had called Mr Lowndes and said he would not come as he had to ‘arrange to bring a six-year-old child to school and to support his partner during ‘an emergency appointment at the hospital’. That day.

When he returned to work, he was summoned to a disciplinary hearing for “failure to follow leave request procedure”, “unauthorized absence” and “insubordination”.

At the time, his chief executive blocked Mr Jewell’s sacking, but he was fired two days later when he tried to book paternity leave for the following May and June.

The man won over £8,000 for unfair dismissal

The man won over £8,000 for unfair dismissal.

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A Manchester employment tribunal ruled that the real reason was that Jewell was absent to care for the six-year-old, and not through fault.

After winning the unfair dismissal case, he was awarded £8,352.12 in compensation.

Employment judge Jane Aspinall said: “The main reason for the dismissal was the time he took on Monday, October 8, 2018, for dependent care leave. This … makes his dismissal automatically unfair.

“Lowndes had not liked the fact that he started disciplinary proceedings against the Claimant in October 2018 and that they were stopped by Mr Hunt.

“I draw a conclusion from the time of dismissal…within 48 hours of [Jewell’s] absence request for a prenatal appointment and the reservation of his paternity leave.

“I take it that allowing [Jewell] his statutory time off rights were an issue for Lowndes.

“If the reason for the dismissal had been misconduct, Mr. Lowndes could have taken the time to investigate and comply with the disciplinary procedure by giving a verbal warning, then a first written warning, then a final written warning before moving on. to dismissal.”


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