The grandfather of a tragic toddler who died in a road crash is taking his former employer to tribunal for alleged unfair dismissal.
William Tracey, 64, from Dryburgh, is the grandad of two-year-old Harlow Edwards, who was knocked down and killed by a speeding driver just yards from her Coupar Angus home in October 2016.
Mr Tracey has revealed he was sacked by his employer just over a year after Harlow died.
He says at the time he was still grieving for his granddaughter and struggling to come to terms with her death.
Mr Tracey is now taking his former employers, Servest, to an industrial tribunal on two grounds – that the company treated him badly in the months after Harlow’s death, and that the disciplinary procedure it put him through was a “joke”.
Luke Pirie was jailed in October 2017 for causing the collision which killed the youngster and injured other children.
At the time of Harlow’s death, Mr Tracey was a supervisor for facilities management company Servest at the Tesco call centre on Dundee’s Baird Avenue.
He went back to work in the December following the accident despite being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of what happened and not feeling ready to return to work.
Mr Tracey said: “It was a dreadful time and I suffered from breakdowns and panic attacks.
“One day I just started to cry and couldn’t contain myself.
“The next day I went back to work, although I knew I wasn’t really up to it.”
He continued to work up until Christmas 2017 when things came to a head.
Mr Tracey added: “At the time I was taking medication for my PTSD and the diabetes I also suffer from.
“I had volunteered to go to work for half a day on Boxing Day but when I woke up I felt very unwell.
“I went into work at 8.30am instead of 7am and worked until 12.30pm.”
Due to his state of mind, combined with the medicine he was taking, Mr Tracey claims he filled in his time sheet to mark his hours as starting at 7am and finishing at 3.30pm in error.
He said: “I don’t really know why I did that. Just a combination of the way I was feeling and my medication. I was upset and confused.”
Mr Tracey alleges he was spoken to by management for the time sheet error, during which he suffered a panic attack and rushed straight home in tears.
The following day, Mr Tracey claims he was called into his work and sacked.
He says he subsequently underwent an appeal via telephone conference with his employers but they failed to reinstate him.
Mr Tracey said: “I have taken some legal advice but I will be acting for myself as I couldn’t afford a solicitor and didn’t realise until it was too late that I could apply for legal aid.
“Servest have said if I lose they will be seeking all their legal costs from me but I’m determined to see this all the way because of the way I feel they have treated me.
“This has all been horrific and Servest has not been remotely sympathetic or understanding.
“The first hearing is to be held later this month when I will be representing myself.”
A spokesman for the HMCTS confirmed a preliminary hearing into the case will be held in Dundee on January 17.
Servest has been approached for comment but had not responded at the time of going to press.