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Spanish court rules bakery employee was unfairly dismissed despite being caught urinating in containers
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Spanish court rules bakery employee was unfairly dismissed despite being caught urinating in containers

The magistrates threw out the evidence and also ordered the company to compensate the worker to the tune of 25,000 euros

Susana Zamora

Malaga

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 17:18

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The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia has declared inadmissible the dismissal of a bakery employee who was caught urinating in containers used for the production of items for human consumption by a hidden video surveillance camera.

The CCTV was sited in area where employees changed clothes but the installation of the recording device was not signed or notified to the staff. For this reason, the magistrates declared the workers’ sacking inadmissible and ordered the company to compensate the worker to the tune of 25,000 euros.

The incident dates back to October 2018, when the employee with an indefinite contract from the Café de la Estación de Sants, in Barcelona, received notification of her dismissal for, as stated in the judgement, a “transgression of good contractual faith and abuse of confidence in the performance of work”.

The Neucroissant company said that they hired the services of an investigative company in August of that year, who verified how the worker “while carrying out production work in the area enabled for this activity, squatted, urinated inside a bowl, throwing its contents in the sink, rinsing the bowl in water and depositing it with the rest of the clean utensils, that later they were going to be used in production tasks for the consumption of customers”.

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