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'Aggressive boss bullied me' says sacked van driver.

Byline: Echo Reporter

A DELIVERY driver has won pounds 3,000 compensation after claiming he was bullied by his woman boss at a Cardiff company.

Van driver Alex Frowd, 26, told an employment tribunal in the city how Julie Cummings was "so aggressive" that he feared she would thump him.

Alex was sacked from his pounds 240-a-week job after Mrs Cummings, 40, allegedly accused him of "stinking of BO" in their offices. But the office manager denied the bullying allegations, describing herself as an "easygoing" person.

Alex said: "She was worse than any male boss I've ever had. Julie's attitude towards me was very aggressive, adversarial and confrontational. "I found it very difficult being around her and I even took my breaks outside the office to be away from her."

Alex was fired from the car paint firm after being accused of parking his van in lay-bys - instead of delivering products to customers.

Alex told the employment tribunal he had a "good relationship" with Mrs Cummings when he joined Hex Holdings in Portmanmoor Road Industrial Estate in Tremorfa, Cardiff, three years ago.

But he described how working with Mrs Cummings was a "nightmare" - and that she would go so red-faced with rage that he feared she would hit him.

Mum-of-one Mrs Cummings told the hearing that Alex was sacked after being seen parked up at least four times near their offices instead of working.

She said: "He made no allegations of bullying and harassment when he was working here."

The tribunal heard that Alex had been given two previous warnings by the company over his behaviour.

One was for smoking in his van and another for throwing a container of paint over the floor.

The company's support manager Jim Edwards investigated Alex's claims of bullying against Mrs Cummings and told the tribunal he was convinced none took place.

He said: "Julie treats all employees the same."

Tribunal chairman John Thomas said Alex had been "unreliable" - and he believed Mrs Cummings had been truthful in her evidence.

But he ordered the company to pay him pounds 3,300 compensation for unfair dismissal because there were flaws in the disciplinary procedures so serious as to render his dismissal unfair.

Mrs Cummings said later: "I can swear a million per cent I did not bully him. I am easygoing and get on with all my customers."


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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 22, 2010
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