South Bedfordshire DC maintenance worker Ian Riddell who claimed he could not get back for work from holiday becaus...
South Bedfordshire DC maintenance worker Ian Riddell who claimed he could not get back for work from holiday because he had been stranded in Portuguese mountains for three months lost his claim for unfair dismissal, reports BBC Three Counties.
Mr Riddell, 30, of Dunstable, told an industrial tribunal in Bedford yesterday that he rang in sick and told his employers he had run out of money, but they still sacked him.
He said he had gone on holiday with his girl friend in June last year but hurt his back while getting ready to come home. He said a doctor told him not to drive, so he stayed put. Then he ran out of money, got stranded in the mountains and did not return home until late September.
The tribunal decided he should have produced a doctor's note at the very least. Notwithstanding what it called his 'extraordinary tale', the tribunal decided his application was not made in time and threw it out.