Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Ltd 
Case ReferenceEWCA Civ 1659
Legal BodyEngland and Wales Court of Appeal (EWCA)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionDismissal, Absence and Sickness, Health and Safety
The claimant was employed as a laser cutter from July 2019. The issue arose in March 2020 when the claimant initially came into work (after lockdown had been announced) but then texted his manager to say he was going to stay at home because he had a child with an underlying health condition. The employer had put steps in place and the workspace was a large warehouse which typically had no more than 5 employees in the building. The claimant was dismissed in April 2020. The claimant claimed automatic unfair dismissal citing health and safety grounds.
Both the Tribunal and EAT dismissed the claimant’s case. They found that the
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