Woman fired for 'calling in sick' on a Monday in a bizarre incident, employer fined about Rs 3 lakh
One woman decided to take a day off from work as she was not keeping well. Well, she did not think her leave would have consequences. Unfortunately, her employer decided to sack her.
Celine Thorley, who worked for Christian Donnelly's Acute Barbers in the students’ union at Cardiff University, was sacked after she did not turn up on a Monday for work.
The incident leading to the firing took place after a Halloween party in October 2022. After hosting a party on Friday, Thorley texted her boss on Monday. She said, "Hey Chris I know you're going to be mad at me but I can’t make it to work sorry I really didn’t think I was going to be this bad I’m not well at all I was a mess yesterday and I’ve woke up this morning and was sick straight away. I really thought I was going to be okay today... my stomach is killing me and I’m all shaky... I really can’t get out of bed Chris. I’m soo sorry!”
Responding to the text, Donnelly, who believed Thorley was faking her illness, wrote, "Don’t come in and you’re gone."
Apparently, Donnelly had told Thorley after her work day on a Friday, "Don't let me down on Monday."
When the employee informed Donnelly that she would take her sudden dismissal from work to the tribunal, he said, "You’ve had all your warnings. Crack on with all that legal s***."
Subsequently, a case was filed and a judge fined Donnelly about Rs 3 lakh after finding out that his employee was honest. The judge found that the woman had a ‘physical impairment’ from menorrhagia.
The court also learned that Thorley's mother-in-law took a day off to care for her as she was in severe pain.
Meanwhile, Donnelly claimed that he had observed a pattern in the way Thorley took leaves and added that he should have followed the legal procedure for dismissal.