Alex Frowd, 26, of Newport, Gwent became so afraid of his female boss, that he feared she’d punch him. He said office manager, Julie Cummings, 40, was “very aggressive, adversarial and confrontational” and “worse than any male boss” he’d had. One day, she even told him he “stank of BO.”
“I found it very difficult being around her and I even took my breaks outside the office to be away from her.”
The Telegraph reports Mr. Frowd worked as a delivery driver for Hex Holdings in Tremorfa, Cardiff for three years. When he first started working for the company, he enjoyed a “good relationship” with Ms. Cummings. But things started to deteriorate after she started treating him “like an unpaid servant.”
“I was at her beck and call especially to go and find meals at any time of the day,” he told Cardiff employment tribunal.
“Once when an empty coke can was found in my van he lost all control and was shouting and screaming at me,” he said. “I was terrified she was going to hit me and after that I left the office when I was on a break just to get away from her.”
Hex Holdings ultimately decided to dismiss Mr. Frowd. According to Ms. Cummings, he’d been seen parked up at least four times near the office instead of working.
After he was sacked, Mr. Frowd decided to sue his former employer for unfair dismissal. The employment tribunal ruled the company failed to follow the correct dismissal process and awarded him £3,300 for unfair dismissal.
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