Lidl Manager Sacked From Budget Supermarket For Arriving Early And Working Too Hard

A Lidl manager is suing his former bosses after the budget supermarket chain sacked him for working too hard.

The dedicated employee – named only as Jean P. by Spanish media in Barcelona – would regularly arrive at his branch by 5am.

He would then spend hours shelf-stacking, checking orders and price-checking to make sure the branch was ready for when sales staff arrived.

But he was dismissed by bosses who claimed he had breached Lidl’s rules banning unpaid overtime.

A dismissal letter accused him of “very serious laboural unfulfillment” after regional bosses checked the shop’s CCTV security footage.

Lidl ‘only benefited from any breach of the rules’ (Image: Getty)
Bosses say he often started work up to an hour and a half before clocking in and was regularly in the branch alone – also a breach of company rules.

Lidl said in Jean’s dismissal letter he had broken a regulation banning unpaid overtime that states “every minute worked is paid, and every minute that is worked should be clocked in”.

But an employment court heard that Lidl admitted it had never instructed Jean – who had worked for the company for 12 years – not to come in early.

And his lawyer Juan Guerra stated that Lidl only benefited from any breach of the rules.

Bosses say Jean P often started work up to an hour and a half before clocking in (Image: Getty Images Europe)
He said: “He is sanctioned for working too much – something that is unusual – and also for making an effort to get the shop running properly.”

The lawyer claimed his client only worked longer hours because he was under pressure to meet sales and performance targets in a restructuring programme.

He said: “The heads of the supermarket knew this and were aware that these changes required time and dedication.”

The case continues.