The background to the drainage manager’s unfair dismissal
Martin was employed as a drainage surveying manager by Jet Maintenance from 19 March 2018 until 8 March 2021, when he was dismissed.
The drainage manager had to isolate because of Covid in January 2021. During this time, he gave his computer password to a co-worker, Ben Buttrick, to add an out-of-office message to his account and suspend any client meetings.
The co-worker passed on Martin’s computer details to another colleague. They then used Martin’s computer to complete work and emailed reports to their own account. Duncan King requested all of this.
When Martin returned to work he discovered that emails had been sent from his account and confronted Duncan. The tribunal learned there was a “verbal altercation” and the two swore at each other.
Duncan dismissed Martin on the spot, but this was later withdrawn by Wesley King and changed to a suspension pending investigation.
The investigation started that very same day and Wesley decided a disciplinary hearing should be conducted for gross insubordination and threatening behaviour. Before the hearing, Martin submitted a grievance stating the confrontation between him and Duncan.
Later the drainage business decided to hire an HR consultant, Stuart Farrar. Who produced a professional case report.