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Murder attempt grounds for dismissal: court

TT/The Local/rm · 7 Apr 2011, 13:43

Published: 07 Apr 2011 13:43 GMT+02:00

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It was in 2009 that the man had exploded in a fit of rage and stabbed his wife in the back during a domestic squabble. He had a previous history of bottling up grievances only to erupt in sudden bursts of anger.

When he didn’t turn up for work, his employer eventually discovered his absence was due to the fact that he was in police custody for the attempted killing.

A few months after his arrest he was dismissed by the small town dairy firm, which argued that the concerns of co-workers, the threat to business's reputation -- not to mention the man's impending five year absence and need for subsequent retraining made it impossible for them to keep him on.

But the man’s union argued the employer had no right to fire the man, filing a suit with the Swedish labour court (Arbetsdomstolen) to declare the dismissal invalid and force his employers to pay him damages of 120,000 kronor ($19,000).

In its ruling, however, the labour court found that the man's extended absence in combination with the severity of the crime was reason enough for dismissal.

Despite the incident, the man and his wife are planning to live together after he has served the end of his sentence.

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The man's union has also agreed to cover the nearly 200,000 kronor in legal fees incurred in pursuing the case.

TT/The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:16 April 7, 2011 by StockholmSam
A sensible conclusion to an insensible lawsuit. The union should be ashamed for having used its resources to pursue this.
15:23 April 7, 2011 by Swedesmith
Now he can get a new job...stampin license plates.
19:14 April 7, 2011 by Rishonim
Poor wife.. I can't imagine what sort of childhood she had. The guy tried to kill her and yet she still want to continue the relationship??
19:28 April 7, 2011 by calebian22
Nice to see the union using worker dues in such a good way.
09:35 April 8, 2011 by Da Goat
Finally a news item where common sense prevails.

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