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Finding the right words to get a fair outcome when banter causes a problem

Published 13 January 2021
How people act and talk in work can create huge problems when it comes to determining what is inappropriate behaviour. Most workplaces will have what is considered a culture of ‘banter’ in which...

New rules but same old problem with an unfair disciplinary process.

Published 06 January 2021
Last year saw dramatic changes to the way in which we now work and the introduction of strict new workplace rules, which left Sheena fighting to save her job. Restaurant worker Sheena was suspen...

Correcting a disciplinary process that sends out the wrong message.

Published 23 December 2020
Despite the many advances in technology, the text message has not yet become a suitable replacement for a disciplinary hearing. Maintenance Technician Des was fired by text after an expletive-la...

A disciplinary process that was a crying shame.

Published 09 December 2020
  Failing to care for a distressed and injured child is one of the most devastating allegations a nursery worker can face. It was an allegation levelled against Sophie when she faced what she b...

Good recovery from ill-informed disciplinary outcome

Published 02 December 2020
What an employer knew and when it knew can be the key in getting justice for an employee subjected to unfair disciplinary action. Following a disciplinary hearing Josie was dismissed for failing...

Successfully challenging a decision to dismiss.

Published 25 November 2020
When bus driver Scott was dismissed for refusing to take a drugs test the outcome appeared a forgone conclusion.The bus operator that Scott worked for carried out random drug and alcohol testing ac...

An unusual disciplinary case where there really was smoke without fire.

Published 18 November 2020
Surveillance cameras are everywhere, so we know if we do something wrong there is a good chance it may be caught on film.Employees have been fired for wrongdoing captured on video, which means the ...

Unfair disciplinary action because of disability

Published 11 November 2020
Working with a disability and a lack of meaningful support can be difficult and create serious problems for an employee.Jamie, a type 1 diabetic, worked in a pub serving food and drink when he face...

Fighting back and refusing to accept unfair disciplinary process.

Published 04 November 2020
You generally know when you are being treated unfairly, but preventing it can be more difficult than it really should be.You don’t necessarily need to be an employment law expert to recognise when ...

A playground-related fight to beat an unfair disciplinary allegation

Published 21 October 2020
Teaching assistant Sam loved working in school and adored the children, so it was her worst nightmare to be accused of deliberately injuring a pupil.Sam faced a fight to save her job after the pare...

Unfair disciplinary process after an accident waiting to happen

Published 14 October 2020
Having been injured in an accident at work, branded a liar and then sacked, things really could not get much worse for Miriam.Food factory worker Miriam slipped on a milk spillage an...

A disciplinary process that really did leave a nasty taste

Published 07 October 2020
The change of ownership of a business can be a worrying and uncertain time for any employee.However, restaurant manager Chanel felt reassured when she met the new owners of...