Now and again employment cases make tabloid news. These sensationalist stories can range from being sacked for liking a facebook photo to deaf police snipers winning discrimination claims and everything else in between.       

This month’s outlandish story is a very good example of Schaudenfreude and concerns a city banker who was sacked after his elaborate rail fraud scheme was uncovered.

For two years the banker had simply been scrubbing off the expiry date on his rail card and replacing it with the new year and then claiming an annual £4,000 rail expense from his employer.

He has since lost his job and faced criminal charges for fraud. The lesson for employers is that employees who fraudulently claim expenses can be disciplined for gross misconduct and face criminal convictions as well.