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Sacked fire-fighter was seeking to protect public safety

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Sacked fire-fighter was seeking to protect public safety

An employment tribunal has found in favour of a fire-fighter who was sacked for asking colleagues if their employer’s reclining chairs were hurting their backs.

In 2007, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service replaced the beds used by fire-fighters on night shifts with reclining chairs. Christopher Bennett, who suffered existing back problems, asked the fire authority to let him use his own mattress to rest.

However, his request that the fire authority should make such reasonable adjustments under the Disability Discrimination Act was refused. Instead, he was told to use the rest facilities provided at the station, or rest on benches in the snooker room.

In February 2008, Christopher Bennett sent an e-mail to colleagues referring to the insistence of the fire service that he use the chairs provided, despite the fact that they were aggravating his back condition. He was dismissed for gross misconduct and lost an appeal.Read more at www.shponline.co.uk

 

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