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A FORMER employee has failed in his bid to win damages after suing his former bosses for wrongful dismissal.

Benjamin Rous, from Milton Keynes, took Car Medic International Limited of Firbank Way, Leighton Buzzard to court following his dismissal for gross misconduct.

The case arose from an incident on January 14 when a customer visited their workshop to ask for a quote for the repair of her vehicle.

She spoke to Mr Rous who gave her a quote which the customer said she could not afford. As she left the workshop Mr Rous told the customer he could arrange for the work to be undertaken over a weekend at a lower price for cash.

Unbeknown to Mr Rous, the customer’s partner was a friend of the managing director of his employer.

When confronted Mr Rous said he did not feel that he had done anything wrong.

However the company fired him with immediate effect for gross misconduct.

Mr Rous brought a claim to Bedford Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and wrongful dismissal.

The first two claims were dismissed at an earlier hearing, but at the final hearing on Thursday, Employment Judge Metcalf decided Mr Rous’s conduct did amount to gross misconduct.