After telling his employers that he suffered from depression but was seeking treatment, Roy Ward found himself given the boot. Is that legal? It certainly is not.
Dismayed at finding himself unemployed, Mr Ward took to Twitter to vent his frustration.
He tweeted from his account ‘badlydrawnroy': “Dear Twitter, I just opened up to my boss about my depression and she’s indicated she might have to fire me. Erm, help?”
His next tweet was a link to the letter of dismissal given to him by his company. He wrote: “Here is my letter of dismissal. FUN TIMES. ‘Dear Roy. It is with regret that we must terminate your contract.'”
This was quickly followed by: “‘We’re a small company, there’s no room for passengers’ – My boss after I told her about my depression and how I’m getting help with it.”
Mr Ward’s Twitter account quickly gained thousands of new followers including lawyers informing him that this breached employment laws and that he should take his case to a tribunal.
He also gained the attention of Conservative MP Louise Mensch who claimed the company’s behaviour was “appalling”.
Alastair Campbell also commented on Mr Ward’s experience saying that “we’re still in the dark ages”.
Mr Ward has since tweeted that he is “looking at my options”.
You can read Mr Ward’s dismissal letter here.