A Claimant in the Employment Tribunal faces a massive legal bill after his lies were exposed before an Employment Judge.

Mr George Maccoy, 60, submitted an unfair dismissal to the Newcastle Employment Tribunal after he was dismissed by Corporation of Trinity House, a 500-year-old mariner charity based in Newcastle. Mr Maccoy worked for the charity as a “meeter and greeter” at the charity’s functions, welcoming mariners, ex-mariners and VIP members to the functions. The charity supports impoverished mariners.

His problems started in 2011 when Mr Maccoy claimed he had testicular cancer and started to take time off work to attend hospital appointments. He produced medical reports from medical consultants to prove that he had fallen victim to the condition. It was later discovered by the charity that Mr Maccoy had faked the reports and the charity suspected that he was simply using the time off work to supplement his own leisure time. The charity subsequently dismissed Mr Maccoy for, among other things, running up a large telephone bill on his work phone by calling a dating agency. He was dismissed for (including the above) eight other counts of gross misconduct.

Read more: How to submit a claim for unfair dismissal

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Mr Maccoy submitted a claim to the Employment Tribunal after this, claiming that he had been unfairly dismissed and that he had suffered disability discrimination. He claimed that he was suffering from severe depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of his time serving in the RAF. However, the charity’s legal team researched Mr Maccoy’s employment history and found that instead of serving 25 years in the RAF, as he had stated, he actually served less than this. A letter from the RAF was found from 1972 which stated that Mr Maccoy had commenced service on 21 March 1972 but had bought himself out of his service on 6 April 1972. This discovery led the charity’s solicitors to present a picture of Mr Maccoy as a compulsive liar, showing that when he claimed he had been working as a serving aircraftsman in the 1990’s the facts actually suggested he had been working in the North of England as a caretaker.

The Employment Judge (unsurprisingly) dismissed the claims for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. However, in an unusual move the Employment Judge also awarded approximately £10,000 in costs against Mr Maccoy. Such awards are normally only made if a claim in the Employment Tribunal is vexatious, wholly without merit or is dealt with in an unreasonable fashion.

Read more: How to submit a claim for constructive dismissal

Corporation of Trinity House later released a statement that they were “pleased with the outcome… which makes clear that all Mr Maccoy’s claims were completely untrue.”

If you think you have a claim for unfair dismissal against your former employer then please get in touch with one of our expert unfair dismissal solicitors.


The Direct 2 Lawyers Employment Team post daily on interesting employment law cases, Employment Tribunal judgments and Employment Appeal Tribunal judgments. All of the Employment Team posts are written by qualified specialist employment lawyers

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