SSE ordered to pay sacked Dundee worker £136k and give him job back

A Dundee man is to be reinstated by his former employer and awarded more than £136,000 in compensation for being unfairly sacked by a “Big Six” energy firm.

Donald Nutt was employed by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) as a shift trader until he was dismissed by the company for gross misconduct in 2012.

The sacking stemmed from a conflict between Mr Nutt and management regarding health and safety and shift patterns.

Mr Nutt launched grievance processes and was subsequently signed-off work with stress as a result of the disagreement, according to tribunal papers.

Soon after, SSE terminated his employment — claiming that he refused to accept the findings of a grievance process stemming from what he viewed as a poor quality appraisal from management.

Mr Nutt, of Pitkerro Road, later launched civil proceedings against the company, citing unfair dismissal.

Employment judge Ian McFatridge has now ordered the company to pay Mr Nutt £136,895 as recompense for lost earnings.

The company was also ordered to re-engage him in employment comparable to the job he had prior to his dismissal.

Mr Nutt is to be reinstated in a job at the same level of seniority and grade as his previous role with the company by January, the judge ruled.

The role could be any engineering role that Mr Nutt was qualified to take on.

The ruling also ordered that SSE pay Mr Nutt the same level of money that he would “reasonably be expected to have had but for his unfair dismissal”.

The company was also ordered to restore his position on pay scales and in company pension schemes as if he had not been sacked in the first place.

Mr Nutt’s employment tribunal hearings took place between December 2015 and November 2016.

In February, the tribunal ruled in his favour and set a date for the remedy hearing – held in Dundee on October 9 and November 28.

In his initial judgment, Mr McFatridge criticised SSE stating they had “made a complete mess of the appraisal and disciplinary process”.