Land Rover worker fired over 808 sick days that cost firm £100k wins court case

A bloke who clocked up 808 sick days – costing his firm £100,000 – has won a legal claim for “unfair dismissal”.

Vic Rumbold was sacked from his job at the Jaguar Land Rover pant in the West Midlands after almost 20 years of service.

Bosses said the poorly worker’s sick record was the worst they had ever seen after he took over 800 days off.

There was not a single year where Rumbold had full attendance, Lad Bible reported.

But Mr Rumbold took his firm to a tribunal claiming he had been unfairly dismissed.

The panel heard that 405 of his missed shifts took place in his last four years at the company.

He missed hundreds of days of work due to various health conditions including a dodgy hip.

Launch manager Jon Carter began a probe into Rumbold’s performance in 2018 when he estimated that 808 sick days had set the firm back £100,000.

It’s said that the manger told Rumbold: “When we look at your enthusiasm to come back, it is not there."

Carter told the tribunal: "Honestly, worst absence record I have ever seen.

"Eight hundred and eight shifts, price to organisation is almost £100,000.

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"There is not one year since 2000 with full attendance record."

Mr Rumbold was sacked in December 2018 on the grounds of conduct and capability, according to reports.

But a tribunal judge ruled that Jaguar Land Rover had not properly followed attendance management procedures.

He added that the company had not “reasonably reached a stage under the process where they could consider dismissal”.

It was ruled that bosses should have issued Rumbold with counselling or a warning over his attendance, before escalating the punishment to dismissal.

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Rumbold, who began to suffer hip problems in 2018, has been diagnosed with avascular necrosis disease.

The chronic pain condition meant he was absent from work between March 12 and August 13.

He was set to miss another 12 weeks thanks to a hip replacement operation.

Bosses had considered different roles for the worker when they learned of his health issues, one of which could have been carried out whilst sitting down.

But Rumbold only did that job for a week, according to reports.

He then worked in a role as a “sealer” which had him walking around cars – something he claimed he was told he couldn’t do with a walking stick in case he damaged the vehicles.

Judges said that Rumbold should have been allowed the chance to carry out a trial in the seated position, and that he had a doctors note.

The judge said that “relatively simple measures” could have been employed to allow the worker to complete the trial.

It is not yet known how much compensation will be awarded.

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