Dad’s life in ruins after boss sues him over £150 fine for missing a day’s work

Mark Given could not get a mortgage for his house after delivery giant DPD took action against him for pulling out of a shift on a day he should have been off

A father’s dream of buying a house has destroyed after his multi-million pound employer sued him over a £150 fine.

Delivery driver Mark Given, 35, was given a penalty by French courier DPD boss after he pulled out of a shift on a day he should have been off.

The father of two quit his job following a row in 2017.

However, the parcel giant has now taken the issue to the courts to fight for fine and other charges, which Given claims has destroyed his credit rating and left him unable to get a mortgage.

He said: “It’s disgusting how I’ve been treated. I had no idea I’d still be counting the cost of working for DPD so long after I left.

“My credit score has been left in tatters following this action.

“I’ve been told I’ll never qualify for a mortgage now. We were desperate to move with our growing family.”

According to The Sunday Mail, the last available company accounts for DPD in 2017 show the highest paid director, which is understood to be CEO Dwain McDonald, earned £986,985.

The report also exposes the case as part of a campaign to shame Scotland’s horrible bosses, who have been getting away with mistreating hard-working staff for years.

The row between Mr Given and DPD centres on his last day of work for the company – a Sunday he had meant to be off.

It’s said the managers at the Tannochside depot centre in South Lanarkshire changed Mr Given’s route at the last minute, meaning he was expected to work for 11 hours instead six.

Mr Given quit right away after taking them to task and they refused to back down.

DPD then handed a £150 penalty to Mr Given for failing to do the new route. But then added further charges including disputed costs to cover damage to his van.

18 months later, the driver received a legal letter from the company stating that they had taken him to court and had been awarded cash owed in his absence.

Mr Given claimed it was not the first time that he had been handed a breach charge of £150 during his 14-month spell at DPD.

He was also fined for his absence in May 2017 when his daughter, Isabella, then two years old, had been rushed to hospital after she began coughing up blood.

The firm has been mentioned in subjects of mistreating workers in recent years, according to the report.

It’s stated most of the drivers have self-employed status, which unions describe as bogus.

DPD vowed to change its policy following the death of one of their drivers who was linked to a £150 charge.

Don Lane,53, who suffers from Diabetes, told of his fear of being fined that he missed important hospital appointments.

Don’s partner, Ruth, has claimed that DPD continues to fail workers.

She said: “I’m not surprised when I hear stories like this – it’s DPD’s default position to kick a worker when he’s down.”

A spokesman for DPD said Mr Given had been fined under old rules that have since been changed, and claimed the vehicle he had hired from DPD had not been returned in a good state.