Jewson pays out in discrimination claim

Builders merchant Jewson has paid out £390,870 in compensation to a former manager after a tribunal found that it broke disability discrimination rules.

Jonathan Jones a branch manager for Jewson in Cardigan, Wales, had been employed by Jewson for 22 years when he suffered a stroke on April 25 2009.

After 5 months’ sick leave, Jewson dismissed Jones believing he would be unable to return to work.

The sum paid out falls far short of the £1m that Jones originally claimed but includes compensation for backdated wages, interest, penalty payments, pension payments and damages.

A Jewson spokeswoman said: “We fell far short of the high standards we set ourselves in this area. We are focused on ensuring that the shortcomings identified in this case are not repeated and that it is seen as an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to treating our employees with fairness, dignity and respect at all times.”

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