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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 February, 2004, 16:27 GMT
20,000 award for discrimination
A former Legoland worker has been awarded more than 20,000 compensation after he was given a lego model of himself, complete with disfigured arm in a sling.

Rob Jenkins, 33, whose arm was severely injured in a motorbike crash, said he and other colleagues who knew him well were stunned when he was given the award for good service.

The model caused Mr Jenkins, of Sonning Common, near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, to become depressed, have flash-backs of the crash and forced him to be signed off work by a psychiatrist for nine months.

The company has always maintained that the model of Mr Jenkins, like dozens of others made for colleagues, was created in good faith
Legoland spokesperson
At an employment tribunal in Reading, Berkshire, in August 2002, Mr Jenkins had his claim of discrimination thrown out, but this was later overturned at an appeal in London.

Mr Jenkins was told on Thursday he will receive more than 20,000 damages from the Windsor theme park.

The appeal found that while other employees were depicted holding clipboards or other tools relating to their employment, Mr Jenkins' model only highlighted his disability.

He said: "It was a horrible thing to do and colleagues who knew me well were as shocked as me. I do not know what they could have been thinking of.

"What should have been a 'congratulations for your service to the firm' evening turned into my biggest nightmare."

A spokesperson for Legoland said: "The Lego company accepts the ruling of the court.

"The company has always maintained that the model of Mr Jenkins, like dozens of others made for colleagues, was created in good faith.

"However, we regret that this particular model caused distress.

"As a consequence of this case, we no longer make models of our employees as long service gifts."




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