Miguel Velosa, who told a tribunal last month that he had been the victim of a plot to get rid of staff, was dismissed in March at what he believed was a ‘back to work’ interview.
The tribunal heard that Mr Velosa was required to lift dozens of sacks of dry milk weighing more than 25 kg every day for three months before he was signed off.
But when he returned to work he was told that the company doctor said that he could suffer irreversible damage to his back if he continued to do his job.
Mr Velosa told the tribunal that he was ‘astonished’ by the decision to sack him.
The panel, headed by Nicola Santos-Costa, said that not only had the Dairy relied on the evidence of a single company-appointed doctor, but that not enough effort had been made to find him alternative employment in the company.