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UK – Temporary sacked for wearing Calvin Klein boxer shorts

04 June 2012

A temporary agency worker at a distribution centre for designer brands has been sacked for wearing Calvin Klein underwear according to the Daily Telegraph.

Aaron Barnard, 22, had just finished his shift when he was subjected to a spot check and was asked to show his briefs and socks to his supervisor. When they realised that he was wearing boxer shorts of a make stocked at the warehouse, he was asked not to return.

He said that he had signed a contract when he started three months before agreeing not to wear brands stocked at the warehouse, but insists it did not say that he would be instantly dismissed.

Mr Barnard said: "I haven't done anything wrong. It was an honest mistake that other people have made in the warehouse.

In an attempt to clear his name, he sent them a photograph of the serial number on his boxer shorts to allow them to check that they had not come from the warehouse, but was told that he would have to produce a receipt to prove his point.

Mr Barnard, of Selby, North Yorkshire, got his job at a DHL through staffing company, Blue Arrow.  He says he never worked in the underwear section. He added that he had lost his job just as he would have been given a full contract.

Blue Arrow has told Mr Barnard that he can continue to work for them elsewhere but not back at DHL. A spokesman said: "All of our employees working on the contract are made fully aware at start point of employment of the required dress code, and the consequences of not adhering to that policy."

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