Butcher Sacked

To round off this month’s update we bring you another tale of haphazard employment law. A guilty-pleasure browse of any tabloid website will no doubt feature an article on someone who was sacked for arbitrary/ridiculous/hilarious (delete as appropriate) reasons and this month is no different.

This month’s culprit was a butcher who was dismissed for gross misconduct after he shared a rival butcher’s ‘meat deal’ to his ex-partner’s Facebook page. Despite this being a fairly obvious no-no, the employee in question did win an unfair dismissal claim because the employer followed no disciplinary procedure when dismissing the butcher, resulting in a Tribunal award of over £6,000 (presumably following a hefty contributory fault deduction) – a meaty award for the butcher to pay.