Public disgrace could justify dismissal

first_img Previous Article Next Article Organisations worried about damage to their reputations from theout-of-hours misconduct of employees could be justified in sacking them. In the case of Post Office v Liddiard, the Court of Appeal said that incases where the employer is identified publicly with the individual, theadverse effect on their corporate image could be reasonable grounds fordismissal. The case followed the arrest of a Post Office employee in France during the1998 World Cup for public order offences and his subsequent naming and shamingin the UK press. The Post Office dismissed him as a result, but the employment tribunalupheld his complaint for unfair dismissal on the grounds that he had anexcellent employment record and the misconduct was unrelated to his work. The Court of Appeal however allowed the appeal, saying the issue of bringingthe employer into disrepute had not been properly considered. But employment lawyers warned the decision to dismiss should be taken onlyafter an assessment of the nature and extent of the publicity, the nature ofthe offence and the likely reactions of customers. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Public disgrace could justify dismissalOn 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more