Lidl manager sacked for giving himself discount won £19,000 in sacking case – World News

Arkadiusz Grzyb was working as an assistant store manager when he was accused of manipulating the company’s “Waste Not” policy to steal baked goods in October 2020

Arkadiusz Grzyb was fired for giving himself a discount on stale baked goods that were supposed to be written off
Arkadiusz Grzyb was fired for giving himself a discount on stale baked goods that were supposed to be written off

A Lidl supermarket manager who was sacked for giving himself a discount on stale baked goods has won nearly £19,000 on unfair dismissal.

Arkadiusz Grzyb, who had worked for Lidl for almost 10 years, was working as an assistant store manager when he was accused of manipulating the company’s “waste-not” policy to steal baked goods in October 2020.

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) heard the policy included discounts on sell-by-date foods, reported Irish mirror.

Twice Mr Grzyb bought stale products from the in-house bakery at a reduced price of 20 cents each.

The full price of the items was €7.20 but they should be written off and disposed of.

However, he had closed the bakery 25 minutes earlier because the goods were stale and he wanted the staff to finish at 9:15 p.m.

The deputy store manager said this was standard practice at some of the other stores he had worked at.







The supermarket manager worked for Lidl for almost 10 years
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Mr Grzyb noted that no money was lost to the company and that it actually gained from its actions as it paid for goods that would otherwise have been thrown away.

An investigative meeting was held in December 2020 at which Mr. Grzyb admitted to a number of cash management and inventory control procedures.

It applied to meat products, but there was confusion among employees as to whether it also applied to baked goods.

A subsequent disciplinary hearing found that he had broken procedures and concluded that there was a fundamental breach of trust.

He was released on March 15, 2021 and the decision was upheld on appeal.







The deputy store manager said this was standard practice at some of the other stores he had worked at.
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In his submission to the WRC, the complainant alleged that his employer’s behavior was inappropriate as his actions did not amount to gross misconduct and his reasonable apology was ignored.

He claimed that the investigation was controversial and preordained, noting that he did not know he was being charged with theft until he received the investigative report.

In her decision, WRC Adjudicator Davnet O’Driscoll said little attention had been paid in the process to Mr Grzyb’s explanation for breaching procedures or evidence from other staff about the lack of clarity in discounting practice.

Also overlooked were his years of good service and the low value of the goods in question. She also noted that no alternative to dismissal had been considered.

“Under all circumstances, I find that the sanction of dismissal falls outside the range of reasonable responses and is disproportionate,” said Ms O’Driscoll.

She found that Mr Grzyb had been unfairly dismissed but “undoubtedly contributed to his dismissal”.

He was awarded compensation of £20,371 but this was reduced to £15,278 given his contribution to the result.

Ms O’Driscoll also ordered Lidl to pay the complainant £3,138 on four weeks’ notice, bringing the total to £18,415.

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