Dismissal: Off-duty Objections

If colleagues refuse to continue working with an employee on account of the employee’s conduct outside of work this may amount to ‘some other substantial reason’ justifying the employee’s dismissal. An example might be where a female employee feels uncomfortable working alone with a male employee involved in incidents of violence. However, such situations will not always justify dismissal and whether this is fair will depend on all the circumstances, and you will need to follow a fair procedure and act fairly and reasonably overall to avoid a claim of unfair dismissal.

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