Furloughed dad-to-be told to reapply for job on lower salary drank himself to death

Furloughed dad-to-be told to reapply for job on lower salary drank himself to death

 

A furloughed British Airways worker was discovered dead by his pregnant wife after he rolled off his sofa and died of alcohol poisoning, an inquest heard.

Dharmindera Kalyan, known as Darcy, had been furloughed from his high-ranking job as a customer agent at the start of the lockdown and was offered the chance to restart work four months later on a lower salary.

A coroner heard the wage cut offer caused him further distress and he died a few days later after a heavy night of drinking on July 16.

His pregnant wife, Ella Kalyan, discovered him on the living room floor of their home in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

He had rolled off the sofa where he had been sleeping off a hangover.

Assistant Berkshire coroner, Alison McCormick, described the circumstances of Mr Kalyan’s death at the opening of his inquest in Reading on Wednesday.

She said: “He had been bereaved in December 2019 and in the early parts of 2020, he was furloughed from his employment for the pandemic.

“This caused him significant stress. He did not seek any medical attention for the stress he was suffering from.

“In July this year, there was an incident in respect of which he was asked to re-apply for his job at a reduced pay rate, adding to his stress.

“On July 15, he bought a bottle of alcohol from a local shop, had a drink with his dinner and went to bed at 9:00 that evening. He slept until 9:45 the following morning.

“He didn’t want to go out on July 16 and spent time asleep on the living room sofa.

“At one point, he rolled off the sofa and was observed to be on the floor and soon after that, Ella his wife noticed that some features didn’t look right about him and unfortunately, he had passed away.

“The cause of death offered by the pathologist is alcohol intoxication and a fatty liver.”

Ella’s dad, who sat in the inquest opening, told the coroner his daughter had just had a baby and had lost her dog in the recent weeks.

“A new life is a blessing,” Ms McCormick said in an attempt to reassure the distraught father.

The hearing was adjourned for a full inquest to take place later.

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