Bank supervisor 'should not be fired for €222m error'

A clerk who took a "micro-nap" nearly cost a German bank €222 million (£189m), according to The Times.

The blunder happened when the clerk's finger rested on the keyboard, upgrading a payment of €62.40 to the massive sum due for payment in to an unknown pensioner's account.

Bank employee 'should not have been sacked for €222 million mistake' Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Although the error was discovered before appearing in the account the employee's direct supervisor failed to notice the multi-million euro mistake and was sacked.

However an employment tribunal has now found that she should only have received a warning and should not have lost her job.

The tribunal told the unnamed bank that, "this was indeed a terrible mistake but, considering all the circumstances, dismissal was not justified."