Help dismissing staff
Why were we involved?
We were contacted by a client who had had to split up two staff for fighting in the company car park. The employer felt that the employees' behaviour was completely unacceptable and they were both equally to blame given that this wasn't the first time that this had happened.
How did we help?
We advised our client that he should suspend both men immediately. Having done this we discussed with the employer the importance of investigating events, even though on the face of it it was a straightforward issue, and the need to consider the matter at a formal disciplinary hearing. We advised on how that investigation should be carried out and supported the employer in his role as Chair of the Disciplinary Hearing.
What was the outcome?
Both men were dismissed from the company for gross misconduct, their appeal was not upheld and they made no claim to an employment tribunal.
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