Jaguar worker allegedly told VIP visitors that Jaguar XF was “a load of s***”
Sep 4 2010
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A JAGUAR worker complained he was unfairly sacked – after allegedly using a four-letter word to describe the new executive car to visitors at the plant.
David Potter, of Yardley Wood, Birmingham, told members of the Jaguar Drivers Club that the Jaguar XF was “a load of s***”, an Employment Tribunal preliminary hearing was told.
The club, which is made up of Jag enthusiasts from across the country, had asked Mr Potter what he thought of the car as he worked on the production line.
And Charles Price, representing Jaguar Land Rover, alleged Mr Potter gave the four-letter description in response.
Mr Price said: “Mr Potter did not know who he was speaking to, but his comments were reported to the management and he was dismissed for misconduct after two appeal hearings.”
But Mr Potter, told the tribunal: “I deny using such language – I would never use bad language to members of the public.”
Instead he alleged that the firm had used the incident as an excuse to get rid of him after making a complaint on health and safety grounds.
He said he had objected to the shop floor being painted whilst he was working because the paint had aggravated his asthma. “The investigation into the alleged incident was flawed and there was a conspiracy against me,” he said.
“A final warning would have been more appropriate.”
Mr Potter was seeking permission to go ahead with a full tribunal hearing into his claim for unfair dismissal later this year.
But Mr Price successfully applied to the tribunal to strike out the claim after telling tribunal judge Mr David Dimbylow that Mr Potter had no reasonable prospects of winning his case.
Mr Dimbylow agreed and told Mr Potter his application for a full hearing was rejected.
Mr Potter said that he had been employed by JLR for nearly ten years and said he was now unemployed.
After the hearing, Mr Potter, a 48-year-old grandfather, said: “I am very disappointed with the legal system. I’m going to appeal.”
And when our reporter asked him what he did think of the XF, he said: “It’s Ford with a Jaguar body.
“I don’t think it’s worth the money.
“It’s not a Jaguar in my eyes.”
A JLR spokesman said they could not comment on individual cases.
The Jaguar Drivers Club describes itself as the premier Jaguar club, which has serviced the needs of Jag owners since 1956.
My tip for dealing with Pre Hearing Reviews is understand the tests used by the tribunal when considering a strike out or adding a deposit!