Bus driver fired after corona quarantine wins lawsuit against Unibuss

Bus - UnibussPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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A bus driver who returned from holiday and had to be quarantined was fired by Unibuss. The driver won in a case against the bus company in the district court.

The bus driver believed that the dismissal was invalid and sued his former employer. Now, the court has ruled that the dismissal was invalid, the newspaper Aftenposten writes.

After a trip to his home country, the bus driver landed at Gardermoen on January 12 this year. There, he was told to go to corona quarantine for ten days. Due to the quarantine, he couldn’t go to work.

When the driver returned to work after the quarantine, he was summoned to a meeting and was dismissed.

Unibuss believed that the driver deliberately put himself in a situation that prevented him from returning to work, while the driver’s lawyer claimed that dismissal was an overreaction.

Entry restrictions

The court emphasized that the entry restrictions changed during the pandemic and that bus drivers were not covered by the rules on entry quarantine for a period of time.

Although the court believes that the driver is responsible for staying up to date on the rules, he has been awarded NOK 10,000 in compensation. In addition, Unibuss must pay NOK 136,000 to cover the other party’s legal expenses.

The bus company has not yet decided whether it would appeal the decision, the newspaper writes.

According to Unibuss, the trial is the first of its kind that deals with unapproved absence from work due to entry quarantine.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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