30-stone employee claims unfair dismissal

An employee of British Nuclear Fuels, the parent company of the Sellafield reprocessing plant, is claiming he was unfairly dismissed because he weighed 30 stone.

Graeme Ivison, 27, a health physical monitor, claims BNFL knew how big he was when it hired him. He said he had worked at Sellafield for some years and his size has stayed fairly constant.

A spokesman for BNFL said: “His contract was terminated because he was too overweight to complete tasks essential to his role. He couldn’t fit through the turnstiles. He couldn’t even fit into his decontamination suit.”

Ivison, who had actually lost two stone before he was fired, will appeal against the verdict on Tuesday.

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