Monday 20 October 2014

Tesco to pay €70k to sacked worker paid twice

Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30

Tesco will have to pay a sacked employee €70k, a court has ruled
Tesco will have to pay a sacked employee €70k, a court has ruled

A FORMER Tesco worker who was dismissed after it emerged he received double payments has been awarded €70,000 compensation by the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

Marc Bentley, of Grange Park, Drogheda, Co Louth, took a case against Tesco Ireland Limited.

Mr Bentley had worked with Tesco in the UK since 2007, and progressed to a deputy manager role. He moved to Ireland to progress his career in January 2011.

Mr Bentley worked as a stock control manager at one of the largest stores in the country.

But it emerged the UK hub store where Mr Bentley previously worked had continued to pay him. The tribunal heard that the store director met him on September 11, 2011. Mr Bentley was "shocked" when the issue was put to him.

Later that month, he was suspended on full pay. At a subsequent meeting in November, Mr Bentley was informed of his dismissal.

The claimant's wife told the tribunal how she took responsibility for the family finances.

Mr Bentley began working in Ireland on January 25, 2011, so when a payment came through in February, she believed it was a payment due to her husband. In May, she accessed the online payslips and at that stage realised the payments were wage payments. She did not tell her husband.

She admitted knowledge of the payments in September 2011. The EAT awarded €70,000 to Mr Bentley.

It found he was unfairly dismissed.

Irish Independent

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