British Man Sacked Following Shark Rescue

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Welsh holidaymaker, Paul Marshallsea, was supposed to be on sick leave at the time he wrestled a shark away from a group of toddlers of the Queensland Coast of Australia. He was barbecuing on the beach for family and friends when he heard someone scream “shark”. He ran into the sea and grabbed the shark’s tail as it swam towards some children who were paddling in the sea and was hailed a hero. When he returned from two months’ in Australia, both he and his wife arrived home to a letter from the charity they both worked terminating their employment with immediate effect as they had been signed off work with stress. The couple had gone on holiday to “get away from it all”. However, Charity Trustees decided that he was skiving after seen film footage taken by a TV crew who were filming nearby of him wresting with the shark. They were both on extended sick leave and had decided to take the holiday to get some sunshine and to relieve their stress. Mr Marshallsea said: “If I hadn’t gone to save the kids on that beach that day, my wife and I would still have a job. To sack us both without any sort of discussions first is just disgusting.” He and his wife had been working for the charity seven days a week and “burned out” through the stress of working these long hours, and were advised by their GP to take a holiday. The letter from the Trustees said: “The breakdown of the trustees’ confidence and trust in you and your ability to perform the role is so great that we find that dismissal is the only course of action we can recommend.” It will be interesting to see what happens with this case as there appears to have been no fair process followed by the Charity who have not even entered into discussion with their employees before making their decision to dismiss. What’s your view?

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