Sacked OAP wins a pounds 3,000 payoff; TRIBUNAL: Sales manager, 67, sent packing with four-letter word.
A PENSIONER has been awarded nearly pounds 3,000 after being sacked as sales manager at a Birmingham firm.
Alan Davis's boss at Rotagrip Ltd used a four-letter word when ordering him to leave, Birmingham Employment Tribunal was told. When Mr Davis reached 65 the family firm in Hockley agreed to keep him on a four day basis for pounds 345 a week gross, it was said.
But at the age of 67 Mr Davis was involved in conflict with a woman supervisor over the placing of machine parts on a table.
He said he tipped the parts on to the floor and after an argument with the woman his boss walked in. Following another clash, the boss allegedly used a four-letter word in telling him to leave.
Mr Davis said he believed this meant he had been sacked. He said he had previously planned to go home to Solihull and wait for an apology.
Ian Cooper, the firm's managing director, denied Mr Davis had been sacked and said he resigned.
"We were fed up with your attitude," Mr Cooper told Mr Davis.
"You were not paid to read the newspaper and do crosswords and sometimes you nodded off."
Mr Davis said he had since been unable to find another job because prospective employers told him he was too old.
Tribunal chairman Peter Rose said the tribunal's decision was that Mr Davis had been wrongfully dismissed and he was awarded pounds 2,756 - the equivalent of 12 weeks' pay.
Mr Rose said that because Mr Davis was over 65 his claim for unfair dismissal had been changed to wrongful dismissal under a legal technicality.
He said the four-letter word used to tell him to leave influenced the tribunal in agreeing on a wrongful dismissal.