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Can racial harassment constitute gross misconduct?

March 11, 2013

A recent excerpt in the Daily Telegraph reported the dismissal of a police officer for making racially-motivated comments towards another colleague in the Metropolitan police force. We’ll take a look at the above matter in this article and examine whether racial harassment can constitute grounds for gross misconduct and potential dismissal. In the case reported […]

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“I’ve been dismissed for failing to take a drugs test. Is this fair?”

October 24, 2012

If you’ve been dismissed for failing to take a drugs test then whether the dismissal is fair or not depends on a range of factors. This includes (among other things) whether a fair investigation was carried out, whether a fair disciplinary procedure was undertaken, and whether your employer’s decision to dismiss you fell within the […]

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What you should do if you’re accused of theft at work

September 19, 2012

If you’ve been accused of a theft at work then you face 2 risks: the possibility of going to jail and the possibility of losing your job. This will obviously therefore be a stressful time for you. Most employees are aware that their employer is prohibited form unfairly dismissing them but may be unaware of […]

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When could misuse of the internet at work constitute gross misconduct?

August 7, 2012

A recent news story highlights the potential problems that use of the internet at work can cause for both employers and employees. The story concerns a “married churchgoing mother” who was sacked after being wrongly accused of watching hardcore porn at work. She has subsequently been awarded £20,000 compensation at the Employment Tribunal after suing […]

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