“She lied!” A 37-year-old woman was fired after she called in sick to watch England’s semi-final win at Wembley.
- Composite Prime’s employee was fired after she called in sick to go to Wembley for the semi-finals.
- Despite being in a massive crowd of 60,000 people, the woman’s face appeared “all over the news.”
- Her employer was firm that “this was in breach of her employment contract,” and they had “no choice” but to fire her.
Nina Farooqi, 37, is now a former employee at Composite Prime – a decking and cladding firm based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The woman was fired after her boss discovered she had “pulled a sickie” to go to the July 7 football match between England and Denmark.
As per Daily Mail, Farooqi got last-minute tickets thanks to a friend of hers who won them in a work lottery. Since she was convinced her boss won’t agree to give her a day off, she decided to call in sick and catch the Wednesday lunchtime train from Leeds to London Kings Cross before heading to Wembley.
Although the 37-year-old woman believed there was no way her employer would see her in the massive crowd, a TV camera zoomed in on her and her friend as they were celebrating England’s equalizing goal.
What’s more, Farooqi’s face even appeared on TV presenter Stacey Dooley’s Instagram story, which he was more than excited to share with her friends. As her slight deception became viral all over social media, it also drew the attention of her boss.
Disappointed in Nina’s behavior, her employer called her to inform her that she was no longer working for the company.
Composite Prime’s director Charles Taylor said they had “no choice” but to fire Farooqi, as her indecent act was “in breach of her employment contract.”
Mr. Taylor explained:
“It’s an exciting time for everyone in England and given the opportunity, we would have encouraged attendance to such an important football match. Unfortunately on this occasion, our employee lied, taking one day off sick to attend the football match on Wednesday 7 July.
This was in breach of her employment contract and so we had no choice but to take the appropriate action. As a business, we value honesty and integrity, and we don’t tolerate any employee taking advantage of our policies.”
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Farooqi responded:
“They said they’d seen I’d been at the game, and I was honest about why I did it. But I didn’t get any sympathy at all and they said that’s it. That’s their call and the consequence of what I did.
There is a bit of regret, no one wants to get fired, but then also I would have hated the regret of missing out. I’d do it all over again.”
The football fan says her “face was on every television screen across the world.”
Even though Nina was in a crowd of 60,000 people, she and her friend appeared “all over the news.” She shares:
“It’s mixed emotions: we’re through to the final, I’m still on that high, but I’ve also lost my job.”
Despite having “mixed emotions,” Farooqi reveals she has been supporting England’s national football team for years.
“This hasn’t come around since 1996, I vividly remember crying on my mum’s sofa when Gareth Southgate missed his penalty, and the football fan in me just couldn’t do it. Football is my life.”