A delivery driver is said to be the first worker in Britain to be fired for refusing to wear a face mask during the pandemic – inside his truck.
Deimantas Kubilius was sacked following the incident two months after the first nationwide lockout in 2020, and has now lost a subsequent legal battle against the dismissal.
The driver ‘hit his heels’ when he arrived to make a delivery to a Tate and Lyle sugar refinery and ignored their requests to put a mask in the cabin of his truck under their new rules Covid-19.
Patrons of the site feared he could transmit the virus while talking through the window. But Mr. Kubilius argued that “my taxi is my home” and refused to comply.
The driver – who agreed to wear a mask on the outside of his truck – was sacked because of his position and then took legal action against his company.
But Kubilius has now lost his case after a judge ruled that distribution company Kent Foods had the right to fire him, in what is believed to be the first such case in Britain.
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