Tribunal: ‘I asked for paternity leave and oil tycoon fired me’

Steven Mearns

The former right-hand man of a global energy firm boss has claimed he was sacked after he asked for paternity leave.

Steven Mearns, the former managing director of First Integrated Solutions, says chairman Ian Suttie became “erratic and irrational” after he requested two weeks off work.

At an employment tribunal in Aberdeen yesterday, Mr Mearns said he was told “out of the blue” the next day that his £100,000 salary was to be slashed by 30%, and suggested it was an attempt to goad him into quitting.

However, Ian Suttie has strongly denied the accusation.

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