A former worker at DHL has pursued the logistics company for over two million pounds in compensation after he was sacked in June 2011.
Mr Kevin Kay commenced employment with DHL in 1979. At the time of his dismissal in 2011 he was business development manager at the Avonmouth DHL branch. In March 2010 Mr Kay was signed off work sick after suffering from stress and depression. No reason has been advanced for this onset of stress and depression but Mr Kay was off work until January 2011. Upon his return to work he was informed that he could not return to the Avonmouth branch but would have to move to Fradley Park, in the West Midlands. This would have required Mr Kay spending much of his working week living in hotels in the area whilst visiting clients.
Mr Kay iterated his wish not to be relocated from the Avonmouth branch. He states that his role was drastically changed whilst he was on sick leave and that the changes were not due to a restructuring of the company but initiated as a means of victimizing him. He claims that he was forced out of his job because of his desire not to be forced to relocate his place of employment and spend time away from his young family. However, his line manager, Mr Martin Dougherty, stated that DHL had started to restructure its business plan in 2009 so that more time had to be spent facing clients rather than analysing data in the office. Mr Dougherty further stated that Mr Kay had argued he could do his job from his home in Cardiff whilst commuting to and from the Midlands, and had refused to stay overnight in England. However, DHL disagreed with this and Mr Kay was sacked on 6 June 2010. Mr Kay subsequently submitted claims for unfair dismissal, victimisation and discrimination (among others) to the Employment Tribunal. He is claiming approximately £1.2 million, net of tax.