DOMINO’S threatened to SACK a teenage delivery driver for “non-attendance” after he suffered brain damage in a crash on his way home from a shift.
Thomas Mabbitt, 18, was involved in a road accident which saw him admitted to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.
The teen was riding back from his job on February 3 when he was involved in the collision – which left him him with a brain bleed.
Mum Julie Mabbitt rushed to his bedside before alerting Domino’s about the accident the following day.
Once Thomas awoke two weeks later, he texted them the awful news that he was facing rehab due to brain damage.
Despite sending a third update on his condition on February 19, Julie was horrified when her son received an email just days later informing him they would be sending him his P45 due to his “continual non-attendance”.
After the furious mum emailed his bosses to complain, they quickly backtracked and claimed they never raised his P45 in the end and put it down to a “miscommunication”.
Domino's have since apologised to Thomas and his mum and have confirmed they are investigating the incident, while confirming Thomas' position remains open under the 'original contract terms'.
Julie, from Watford, said: “I think it's absolutely awful.
“They said there was a miscommunication, but at the end of the day, we had informed them [Thomas was ill]. They tried to sack him while he was in intensive care with brain damage."
She added: "If they wanted to know about Thomas, they should have contacted me asking how Thomas is and what's going on, but they didn't.
"They went and texted Thomas. Thomas informed them he had brain damage and a bleed on the brain, then they continued to [try to] fire him a few days later.”
Julie said that the ordeal has made her son’s situation even worse, as he faces a long road to recovery with “no income” and “nothing to look forward to”.
The mum also claimed that, despite her son signing a contract stating he would be on £8 an hour, the branch sent a new version which lowered his pay to just £6.45.
This reduced the amount he believes he was owed for his shifts by £50.
She added: "Luckily, Thomas had a photo of the original contract stating he was on £8 per hour.
"I managed to claw back about £50 of what Tom's [earned]. They now said they've kept his job open, but I've had no other correspondence from them at all.
"They turned around and said they're not firing him now, they're retracting it. He's still on their books."
Thomas is recovering from a diffuse axonal brain injury, which occurs when the brain shifts rapidly inside the skull, though his brain damage "can't be fixed".
As well as coming to terms with his injuries, he has been forced to pause his college course, after which he hoped to become part of the Royal Artillery.
Julie said: “He's still quite poorly and he'll be classed as a vulnerable adult now.
"He won't be able to work for a year and can't ride his motorbike at all” because of the bump to his head.”
Nina Arnott, a spokesperson for Domino's, said: "We were very concerned to learn about these allegations, and we are grateful to Mrs Mabbitt for raising this issue during a difficult time for Thomas and the family.
"We have passed on our sincere apologies to Thomas and Mrs Mabbitt and assure them we are fully investigating this matter with the franchisee who runs our Radlett store.
"We would like to offer further support as Thomas continues his recovery and can confirm his position remains open under the original contract terms."
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