Tesco employee was awarded £50k after being ‘held hostage’ at work by his pregnant boss. Tesco employee Toby King receives £50,000 after being ‘held hostage’ at work by his pregnant boss.
Toby King said Tesco bosses dismissed his accusations about his boss, Jo Francis, and mocked him, arguing “a large guy” could not be scared by a “small pregnant woman.” During a debate over working longer hours, Ms. Francis is claimed to have “falsely imprisoned” Mr. King in the Aylesbury Tesco staff area by pushing her foot against the door.
According to CCTV footage of the incident, Mr. King became increasingly nervous and borderline frantic to get out of the room. Mr. King was diagnosed with PTSD after being kept captive while working for the prison service, according to the tribunal.
Prior to the occurrence, Ms. Francis is reported to have been aware of the medical condition. Mr. King’s concerns were dismissed at a later meeting with a different supervisor, with the manager asserting that a pregnant lady would not have behaved that way.
Mr. King suffered a relapse as a result of the incident, and he was unable to walk outdoors without sobbing. He was fired a month later for unauthorised absences after his doctor declared him unfit to work. Despite giving the supermarket giant with his medical letter, Mr. King was sacked.
Judge Judith George of the Employment Tribunal decided that Mr. King had been subjected to sex discrimination and awarded him a total of £47,690.61 in damages, including more than £26,000 for emotional distress and roughly £10,000 in lost earnings.
Because Mr. King was a 6ft man and Ms. Francis was a petite pregnant lady, Judge George concluded that managers were influenced by relative size.
Tesco’s spokeswoman said “this decision has left us unhappy. Discrimination of any kind is entirely abhorrent, and fostering an inclusive environment for our coworkers is our top priority. ”
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