Our Hampshire clients had an employee who stated that she was suffering severe stress and depression due to issues based around her working practise. She stated via her Doctor and staff welfare that she was agoraphobic and could not leave her house. She stated that she had no confidence or self-esteem and even when she went to the Doctor, she had to be accompanied by family and friends.
The employee stated she was not able to visit work for meetings or discussions to resolve the issues again stating her stressed state at leaving the home.
It was believed that the conditions were over exaggerated and the employers requested that the employee be placed under surveillance to confirm or disprove the nature of the condition.
It was quickly established that the employee was working ‘cash in hand’ at a local pub on both lunchtime and evening shifts.
Over several days the surveillance officers continually covertly recorded her in the pub conversing with customers, joking with them and the staff, dancing to the pub music and being of a generally happy disposition with no signs of nervousness, agitation or panic and interacting with all people in an enthusiastic and friendly manner.
This information was passed to the employers who used this in evidence for a disciplinary process and dismissal from the organisation.