BARMAID PAYOUT AFTER TEXT SACKING
Karen Ogilvie received the text message after sleeping in for her
A barmaid who was sacked by text message has been awarded more than
£14,000 at an employment tribunal.
Karen Ogilvie overslept before an evening shift at the Gaiety Bar in
Dundee on 3 January after working 11 hours the day before.
Later that evening she received a text message from her boss Louise
Connarty saying she had been sacked.
Miss Ogilvie, from Dundee, was awarded £14,355 by employment judge Ian
McFatridge after the hearing.
In a written judgement, Mr McFatridge said: "The tribunal were
satisfied that the dismissal was procedurally and substantively unfair."
The tribunal was told Ms Connarty left her employee in the bar alone
for more than four hours on 2 January, causing her stress and meaning
she was unable to go to the toilet or clear glasses from tables.
After missing the start of her shift the next day, Miss Ogilvie
received a text message from Ms Connarty saying she had no option but
to sack her for not turning up.
The hearing heard Miss Ogilvie sent numerous texts asking for her job
back but had no reply. A subsequent letter from the Dundee North Law
Centre in March, asking for information about Miss Ogilvie's dismissal,
was also ignored.
Ms Connarty did not appear at the tribunal. Miss Ogilvie was also
awarded a further £1,296 for breach of contract
and holiday entitlement.
case depicts how a
poorly dealt with dismissal has caused a company to end up in a
tribunal. At HR2all our “ending employment” module will provide you
with information on what to do when you want to dismiss an employee.
Carrying out the correct procedures will ensure that from an early
stage you can prevent yourself from ending up in court.