Fair dismissal of worker who appeared as a medium while on sick leave

2015-09-22 Philip posted:

A Ministry of Defence (MoD) employee was fairly dismissed for making public appearances as a medium while on sick leave, an employment tribunal has held.

In Beastall v Ministry of Defence, the Employment Tribunal rejected the unfair dismissal claim of an employee caught making a public appearance as a medium while on sick leave.

Mr Beastall, a long-serving MoD worker, was dismissed after making a public appearance at a “psychic night” while signed off work sick. The MoD did not believe his explanation that he had agreed to conduct the events at short notice to fill in for an unavailable performer; it had obtained promotional material prepared well in advance advertising his appearance.

In dismissing him for gross misconduct, the MoD took into account that he told a manager the previous day that he was still not up to attending work and would be going back to his GP.

The MoD believed that he had deliberately misled the manager.

The Employment Tribunal concluded that the MoD had compelling reasons to be suspicious of Mr Beastall’s account of events.

The Tribunal rejected the claimant’s argument that the MoD dismissal process should have obtained detailed evidence from occupational health about his fitness to attend the event.

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