A London restaurant boss who was sacked from his previous job for exposing himself to a customer who had complained about his parking, has won an unfair dismissal case.
Recep Turhan, 52, who now owns the Jack the Chipper fish and chips shops in Whitechapel and Greenwich, previously worked at the Poppies takeaway in Camden Town.
An employment tribunal in Holborn heard a resident who was identified only as 'Mr Jones' grew increasing frustrated because he believed council parking officials had been 'lenient' towards Poppies staff.
'Mr Jones' then pursued workers including Mr Turhan and took hundreds of photographs of their alleged rule-breaking.
After becoming irritated by Mr Jones pursuing him, Mr Turhan pulled down his trousers and exposed his penis to the resident in 2016.
A photograph was taken of the incident which was put on a leaflet at the front of Poppies. The image was captioned: 'Exposed: Poppies' Mini Flasher' and was sent to Mr Turhan's bosses.
Four years later in September 2020, the owner of Poppies, Ural Hassan, called Mr Turhan in and sacked him without notice, the employment tribunal heard.
But a judge has now found that the employer had not acted 'reasonably' and there had been 'shortcomings' in the procedure which was followed.
He also said the 52-year-old was also not informed of a right to appeal and a tribunal judgement ruled that Mr Turhan had been wrongly and unfairly dismissed.
Recep Turhan, 52, who now owns Jack the Chipper branches in Whitechapel and Greenwich, previously worked at Poppies in Camden Town. He was sacked from his job at Poppies in September 2020. Pictured: Mr Turhan (left) and his son Cagri (right)
Mr Turhan, who recently faced backlash over the name of his new restaurant, was not able to bring someone to the meeting with Poppies (pictured) to support him when he was dismissed
Judge Bernard Hodgson found that Mr Hassan had not given Mr Turhan information on the issue and there was no proper investigation.
The judge had also found that the employer had not acted