Sacked apprentice says Sutton Council made him 'feel like a criminal'
A young apprentice who gave up a management job to join the council said he was made to "feel like a criminal" by his bosses after they "unfairly" terminated his contract.
Keith Moore, 24, had his contract ended last month when he arrived at work only nine months into his one year apprenticeship scheme.
The former bar manager - a role he gave up to join the council - claims he was not given any written warning and had no idea that when he arrived at work on August 13, he would be sent home with nothing to show for his nine months hard work.
Sutton Council cited too much sickness for his sacking, despite Mr Moore taking just seven-and-a-half sick days during his employment.
He said: "Nowhere in my contract does it state you are only allowed a certain amount of days sick.
Even so, the first I knew there was a problem with it, was when I can called into the office and told my contract was being terminated.
"I then had to collect my things from my desk in front of everyone. I felt I was being treated like a criminal."
Since being asked to leave, Mr Moore has contacted the local government ombudsman and the Citizens Advice Bureau to find out if he has a case for unfair dismissal.
Mr Moore also claims the council broke its own apprenticeship guideline rules.
He said; "Their guidelines say apprenticeships should not be used to cover staff roles, but I was used to cover maternity leave, and a month after I left, the woman came back to work. It felt like they were just getting cheap labour in to cover her."
A letter to Mr Moore from the council clearly states; "The position was to partially cover the absence of an employee on maternity leave."
A Sutton Council spokesperson said: "This is an internal matter which is being considered on its own merits and it would, therefore, be inappropriate for us to comment on an individual’s case."
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