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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 May 2006, 15:34 GMT 16:34 UK
TA reservist sacked for Iraq duty
Soldier
The firm was prosecuted under reservist employment laws
A man has won 986 compensation after he was sacked when he told his boss he was being called up to serve in Iraq.

Neil Wright, 31, from Dawley, Shropshire, did not tell Randles Garages, in Kidderminster, he was in the Territorial Army.

The firm pleaded guilty at Kidderminster Magistrates' Court and was fined 750 for breaking reserve forces employment laws.

It is the first time a company has been prosecuted for firing a TA reservist.

The court was told Mr Wright started working for the firm in November 2004 and had only been there for five weeks when he received his papers.

Mutual convenience

Each new employee must undergo a three-month trial but Mr Wright was told he could not finish it because of his personal circumstances.

Mr Wright, who served with the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry near Basra, said he was never told his work was not up to standard.

But the firm said he was never going to be offered a full-time post and his departure was a mutual convenience.

Randles Garages admitted a breach of the Reserve Forces Safeguard of Employment Act.

As Mr Wright enlisted in the TA before 1 April 2004, he did not have a legal obligation to tell his employers he had joined.




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