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05/02/2015

after heavy night out in Singapore

after heavy night out in Singapore

 

Andrew Kearns, 38, was employed by Glencore UK Ltd from January 2009 until October 2010 when he was summarily dismissed for serious misconduct after missing a series of cheap jerseys meetings on the business trip.

 

Mr Kearns, of Rainham, Gillingham, Kent, received a signing on bonus the equivalent of 325,000 US dollars (current value 202,000) when he joined the company and was on an annual salary of 225,000 US dollars (140,000) plus other benefits.

 

Glencore, which is contesting the action at London's High Court, says he failed to attend critical meetings in the morning, at lunchtime and in the afternoon of October 11 and it was the latest in a series of such incidents.

 

It claims he did not answer his phone or emails when efforts were made to find out where he was and, when asked for an explanation, said he did not know there were any meetings.

 

Mr Kearns was alleged to have previously said that he would try not wholesale nfl jerseys to repeat other incidents in London and Singapore when he had been late for important meetings and unable to participate because he was so hungover.

 

His dismissal letter said that, unfortunately, the company had reason to believe he did just that, adding: "You were in no fit state after a heavy night the evening before."

 

Glencore cheap nfl jerseys said it had tried to support Mr Kearns with his alcohol related issues but the latest incident justified summary dismissal without prior warning.

 

In papers before the court, its counsel Jonathan Cohen said that "context is everything".

 

"This is an industry where a mistaken decimal point might result in losses of a very substantial nature. An employer cannot be expected to allow an employee who allows himself to become inappropriately inebriated to remain in the workplace."

 

Mr Kearns agreed that he stayed out until 4.30am with colleagues he had been asked to take out for drinks but denied there were any business meetings later that day which required his compulsory attendance.

 

His counsel Ahmed Miah said: "We say the wholesale jerseys dismissal cheap nfl jerseys is a mockery and the whole dismissal process was a sham and there was no true or just reason to accuse him of not turning up to meetings when his attendance was not obligatory."

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