Sacked for not bowing to boss, hears employment tribunal

Financial manager takes former employers to employment tribunal over the claims

A former financial manager of a company in the UK has taken her old firm to court over claims she was sacked from her position after refusing to bow to her boss.

Misook McDonald, aged 43, who worked for the Korean firm Dongbu Daewoo Electronics, based in the village of Winnersh, in Wokingham, Berkshire, claims she was demoted from her position at the firm after her “furious” director boss challenged her about not bowing to him in the morning and at the end of the working day.

Financial manager takes former employers to employment tribunal over the claims

Wharfedale Road, Winnersh Triange – where the electronics sales company are based © Copyright Colin Bates and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Mrs McDonald claims that the director made her make coffee instead and says that after confronting her boss, Ho Seung Yoo, he replied: “Isn’t that what female workers should do?” She is suing the firms UK headquarters for age, sex and racial discrimination.

Mrs McDonald informed the managing director of the company, Mr Chong Park, in August 2015 about her issues with Mr Yoo. She was eventually signed off work because of stress.

Mr Yoo and the firm have denied all claims made by Mrs McDonald. Mr Yoo said: “The suggestion raised by Mrs McDonald as to me demanding that she bow to me is simply not true.”

During the tribunal, it was heard that Mrs McDonald, who is from the village of Sonning, in Berkshire and has an English father and a South Korean mother, believes that her position at the firm was taken from her because she is not a British white male.

The tribunal continues.

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Man, 75, wins employment tribunal case following unfair dismissal

Judge awards 75-year-old man £6,800 following age discrimination employment tribunal case

A 75-year-old man who was dismissed from his gift shop job in Wanstead because of his age and told by his former boss to “go and find a job at B&Q”, has won his employment tribunal case.

Brian Smith, of Leytonstone, had been working at the Bennetts of London gift shop in Wanstead High Street, London, for 10 years when his former manager and owner of the gift shop, Veronica Bennett, started treating him unfairly.

The issues began following a summer refurbishment in 2015 when the shop was closed for a period of time. Ms Bennett failed to notify Mr Smith when the shop reopened and she did not include him on any of the shop’s rotas.

Man, aged 75, wins his employment tribunal following age discrimination dismissal

Mr Smith was dismissed from Bennetts of London in Wanstead High Street

The situation worsened when Ms Bennett cut Mr Smith’s working hours before finally making him redundant in March 2016, when she apparently made “offensive and personal” comments, including telling Mr Smith to look for work at B&Q.

The case went before an employment tribunal on October 7 when it was ruled that Veronica Bennett had unfairly dismissed Mr Smith due to age discrimination.

Judge Brown, a specialist employment law judge, told Ms Bennett that her actions had been “wounding and humiliating” and had led Mr Smith to feeling unwell and seeking advice from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

Ms Bennett was also judged to have breached her employment contract with Mr Smith because she had failed to pay him or offer him any working hours in accordance with his contract between September 2015 and March 2016.

Judge Brown ordered Veronica Bennett to pay a total of £6,822.23 to Mr Smith for unfair dismissal.

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