Fast-food worker wins £3k in compensation after unfair dismissal

A member of staff at a high-street fast-food restaurant has won £3000 in compensation after being fired for sprinkling too much chocolate on an ice-cream.

The 19-year-old woman was fired for gross misconduct after giving a colleague extra chocolate toppings on a 99p McFlurry.

She decided to take her case to the employment tribunal after bosses accused her of giving out food without paying for it.

The unfair dismissal case has now been settled in court and the woman walked away with a total of £3,000 in compensation.

“I was dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct. I was accused of stealing food,” she said in a statement.

“There is no standard for such measures – they are always imprecise and will vary among customers.”

My colleague had asked me: ‘Make it a nice one’. So the measure I gave erred on the side of more than, rather than less than, the mean.”

The solicitor of the woman said, “With the assistance of ACAS we have reached a resolution – the tribunal is being withdrawn and there is no additional mention of liability.”

“The parties have agreed not to disclose any more information apart from that the issue has now been resolved.”

Part of the settlement is that the worker will get a good reference despite the incident.

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