Manager sacked for 'grrrreat shag' email
June 1, 2001
A British recruitment manager has lost his case for unfair dismissal after being sacked for an email in which he called a colleague a "great shag".
John Crook sent the email in response to his operations manager Angela Brunton asking why he had recommended an employee for a pay rise.
The 37-year-old said his reasons were that the woman in question had worked hard and had an excellent recruitment rate.
"She was a grrrrrrrrrrrreat shag as well," he added.
Brunton's PA saw the email and made a complaint, and Crook was dismissed for gross misconduct from his ?24,500-a-year job.
Crook said he felt he knew Brunton well enough to make the remark, which was meant to be in jest. He yesterday told a tribunal at Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk: "It was the kind of exchange of dialogue to which I had been accustomed."
To try and back this up, Crook came up with a list of Brunton's alleged escapades.
He claimed Brunton had once kissed him "amorously" in a hotel bar, while on another occasion she had straddled a half-naked male colleague as he lay on a hotel bed, and had then proceeded to shave his chin. He also said he had seen her french-kissing a female manager.
Brunton denied the two kissing incidents took place.
The tribunal rejected Crook's unfair dismissal claim, saying the email comment was not fitting to someone in his position as a manager.