Disabled Asda worker sacked after 30 years service for smoking in wrong area

Asda has been accused of disability discrimination after an illiterate worker was fired for allegedly smoking outside its designated area.

Mark Misell had worked for the supermarket as a trolley porter at its store in Shoeburyness, Essex, for 30 years.

GMB Union said he was fired for a single offence of smoking in the supermarket's car park instead of its designated smoking area, EssexLive reports.

The union accused the retail giant of discrimination, saying there's "no way" Mark could have known about the smoking policy as he couldn't have read it due to his learning difficulties.

Keith Dixon, GMB Regional Organiser said: "This is another example of Asda's discrimination against those working for the business who have disabilities.

"There was no attempt to take into consideration Mark's mental health.

"Asda appear to be operating a revolving door scenario where those with disabilities are pushed out of the business to be replaced by non-disabled colleagues."

He added: "Gone are the days when Asda would respect their workforce and support those with disabilities.

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"It is becoming common practice for colleagues with disabilities to be challenged upon their work rate, work speed or matters to which they have no control.

"Asda must adhere to the Equality Act 2010 and start to make reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities.

"Asda, who have previously signed up for the government's Disability Confident scheme which makes the most of the opportunity by employing disabled people should be ashamed of their actions.

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"Since Mark's dismissal customers from Asda have contacted GMB London Region to air their thoughts upon the way in which Asda have treated Mark."

Mr Dixon continued: "GMB London Region have passed this matter onto our legal teams to bring to an employment tribunal so that justice can be achieved for Mark.

"Asda need to change their ways and reconsider the decision made.

"It's time to do the right thing for Mark and all those like Mark."

Regarding Mark's dismissal, an Asda spokesperson told EssexLive: "We do not comment on individual colleague circumstances and we have advised Mr Misell and his representatives as to the next steps following the final hearing last week."

Asda has been contacted for comment by the Daily Star.

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