Meade v Adelphi Carlton Limited T/A Cineworld Cinemas [2012]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
  • Legal Body
    Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Fair Procedures; Employee Discipline; Policies and Procedures

In this case, the claimant employee was dismissed for taking a dishonest discount in relation to the purchase of a large hotdog and packet of wine gums. He signed a receipt listing cheaper items, and after the difference, he benefited to the value of roughly €1.00.

The respondent company did have a policy which stated that an employee availing of the staff discount must ensure the goods received match what is on the receipt. The company viewed this breach of policy as gross misconduct justifying dismissal. However, while the employee was aware of the policy, he was unaware of the serious implications for its breach and had never received a copy of the policy.

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