Glenfiddich distillery worker sacked over urine on barrel wins £11k payout

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51-year-old Kerry Wilson was fired from his £49,000-a-year job as a spirit supply operative after a puddle of urine was found next to a distillery cask. The incident took place at the Girvan distillery, owned by William Grant and Sons – the makers of the Glenfiddich brand.

Mr Wilson – who had worked at the Ayrshire distillery for more than 30 years when the incident occurred – denied urinating on the casks.

At the time, a colleague had spotted the dad-of-two near the barrels, shortly before the urine was discovered.

A can of urine deodorant spray, used to neutralise the look and smell of urine, was also found at his workplace.

According to the Daily Record, when he was accused of urinating on the barrels, Mr Wilson had claimed he was an ornithologist and had spotted a robin nearby.

Mr Wilson has now won a pay-out of £11,264.76, worth twelve weeks’ pay.

This came after an employment tribunal found that William Grant and Sons could not conclusively prove that he was the culprit.

The tribunal heard that, on November 20 2019, managers were told that “a pool of urine had been found on the floor around the area of a stow of empty casks.”

Following the discovery, a probe was launched into the incident.

A sample of the liquid was tested in a lab, which confirmed that it was human urine.

The tribunal was also told that fellow employee, Gordon McNair, claimed to have seen Mr Wilson in the area where the urine was found, away from where he usually worked.

Mr Wilson said that he was in the area where the incident occurred because he had wanted a “change in scenery” after his lunch break.

He also said that he thought the urine deodoriser was a cleaning spray.

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Following an appeal in December 2019, Mr Wilson was fired for gross misconduct.

He did not receive notice pay.

Mr Wilson then sued the company for £70,000 for unfair and wrongful dismissal.

The total payout he received is the equivalent of 12 weeks notice.

A spokeswoman for William Grant & Sons declined to on the ruling.

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