A concierge who left work half an hour early after coming in on his day off has won his claim for unfair dismissal against the hotel which sacked him.

A London tribunal last week ordered the Kensington Hilton to pay the man £1,400 initial compensation, with a further amount to be decided later.

The tribunal heard how last July Tim Quye, assistant head concierge at the hotel, had agreed to come in to cover for head concierge Mario Tsontzos, but said he would have to leave early because he had tickets for a Centre Court tennis match at Wimbledon.

The shift was supposed to finish at 3pm, but when Mr Quye left for Wimbledon at 2.30pm a colleague reported him to the hotel management.

Mr Quye had worked for the hotel for 10 years and has been unemployed since losing his job. He told Caterer he was expecting further compensation of about £7,000.

Hilton International declined to comment on the case until it had received the full written reasons for the tribunal's decision.

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