A FORMER salesman for Yellow Pages has been awarded almost £14,000 after being unfairly dismissed -despite having received two written final warnings.

John Campbell won his case at an employment tribunal in Glasgow after a judge ruled his employers had not taken into account his ill health.

The 50-year-old, of Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, was sacked after an employee claimed he had been rude and aggressive towards her.

He had already been handed two final warnings by bosses at hibu - the firm that now runs Yellow Pages and Yell.com - one for issues involving erroneous mileage claims and another relating to his sales performance.

Despite this, employment judge Claire McManus found that Mr Campbell had been unfairly treated by his employer.

Mr Campbell was dismissed following a meeting with Lucy Walsh, group property and facilities standards manager.

Ms Walsh said she found him to be "very aggressive" and "very rude and very uncooperative in all aspects".

Although his boss, Ian Clarke, accepted that it was Ms Walsh's word against Mr Campbell's, he concluded that "there would have been no motivation on her to have made the complaint against the claimant".

A judgment in the case also stated: "In reaching his decision Mr Clarke took into account that the claimant had been issued with a final written warning for conduct for failing to follow reasonable management requests.

"Mr Clarke understood that the claimant had submitted erroneous mileage claims and that he had been requested to submit his mileage claims on a monthly basis and had not done this despite repeated requests."

It also said: "The claimant had also been issued with a final written warning in respect of his sales performance."

The tribunal heard that Mr Campbell was expected to work long hours with the firm and was set strict targets, which he claimed he could not meet. He was prescribed anti-depressants and was off sick from work for nine months.