A former security guard has won his Employment Tribunal claim after an Employment Judge ruled that he had been unfairly dismissed from his job in a shopping centre.

Nick Venn, a former army bomb disposal expert, started working at the Princesshay shopping centre in Exeter, Devon, in 2010 and worked there for three years until his dismissal in February 2013.

The 51-year-old worked as a security expert for the shopping centre but fell out with a colleague in 2012 in a dispute over paternity leave. Mr Venn then learned that his colleague had been to a local gypsy camp to pay people to terrorise Mr Venn and submitted a grievance to his employers regarding this. However, no action was taken by the company into the grievance and Mr Venn therefore reported the matter to the police a week later. This led to Mr Venn being “on the wrong end of the disciplinary procedure” and being suspended from work before he was sacked in early 2013. As well as suspending Mr Venn, Mr Venn’s colleague made a number of allegations against Mr Venn which were then pursued against Mr Venn. After his dismissal the former security expert made a claim for unfair dismissal to the employment tribunal.

The case came before the Exeter Employment Tribunal earlier this month. Mr Venn’s former employer, Europa Facility Services Limited, was not represented at the Tribunal and Mr Venn was successful in his claim for unfair dismissal. Mr Venn stated that he suffered from ill health after his sacking and that his marriage almost broke down due to the financial strain placed upon it by the loss of his job. He was awarded £38,000 in compensation by the Employment Judge chairing the case.

Europa Facility Services Limited so far appear to have failed to comment on the Employment Tribunal case.



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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