30 January 2012 #Employment
At the start of January Employmentbuddy blogged about a traffic warden who had brought a claim of unfair dismissal after he was allegedly dismissed for refusing to issue the public with excessive amounts of tickets.
The Tribunal have now published their judgment and have found in favour of the warden, Mr Berkani.
Evidence given by other traffic wardens during the hearing supported the Claimant`s case that a minimum quota policy was implimented which required wardens to issue at least 10 tickets per day to avoid disciplinary action. It was alleged that one of Mr Berkani`s colleagues was held up as an "excellent example" for issuing 35 tickets in one shift.
Mr Berkani on the other hand only issued tickets as "a last resort". The Judge found that it was for this reason that he was disciplined and ultimately dismissed and not for misconduct as his former employer alleged.
Mr Berkani said after hearing the judgment: "I feel relieved and I can now carry on with my life. I am pleased I stood up to them. I am applying to get my job back and I hope the system will change."
Mr Berkani`s employers were less pleased however, saying: "We are extremely disappointed with this judgment and are considering our options. We are an Investor in People - Gold organisation, which means our policies and procedures are recognised as being exemplary. This judgment is not a fair reflection of NSL."
A remedies hearing will be held next month to determine the compensation owed to Mr Berkani.
You can read more on this story here.