Staff who refuse to wear masks CAN be sacked, tribunal rules

Staff who refuse to wear masks CAN be sacked, tribunal rules in one of the pandemic's first employment disputes Tribunal ruled company bosses can sack employees for refusing to wear masks Employment tribunal said food firm in Kent was within its rights to dismiss driver Kent Foods found to have acted fairly by sacking Deimantas Kubilius last June

By Helen Cahill City Correspondent For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 01:01 BST, 2 May 2021 | Updated: 01:01 BST, 2 May 2021

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Company bosses can sack workers for refusing to wear a face mask, a tribunal has ruled.

An employment tribunal said a food firm in Kent was within its rights to dismiss a truck driver who refused to wear a mask while he was making a delivery to a client.

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In one of the pandemic’s first employment disputes, Kent Foods was found to have acted fairly by sacking Deimantas Kubilius last June for failing to follow rules set out by the client, Tate & Lyle.

Mr Kubilius was making a delivery to Tate & Lyle, where workers were required to wear masks. Mr Kubilius refused, despite several requests from Tate & Lyle staff.

The tribunal heard that Mr Kubilius was willing to wear a mask outside his truck, but not in the cab, stating: ‘My cab is my home.’

An employment tribunal said a food firm in Kent was within its rights to dismiss a truck driver who refused to wear a mask while he was making a delivery to a client (stock image)

An employment tribunal said a food firm in Kent was within its rights to dismiss a truck driver who refused to wear a mask while he was making a delivery to a client (stock

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