Today, a colleague was prevented from attending a small repatriation ceremony for two of our fallen as they return from Afghanistan. His deputy manager informed him that he could not have the time off. My colleague said, "b*lls i am going anyway", to be told if you do, you wont have a job to come back to. This ceremoney, while not a funeral, was personal as we served in the same platoon with one of the dead on telic 6. However, my colleagues job is quite specialised, and the next place that might employ him in such a role is around 30 miles away minimum. I dont want to name his place of work, but is there anything he can do about this (legally)? Battering the DM's teeth out with a spoon and then using spoon to force feed him would be satisfying, but might be harmful to future job prospects!