Procedural error was not relevant to objective justification
In Crime Reduction Initiatives v Lawrence [UKEAT/0319/13], Ms Lawrence went on sick leave with depression in April 2011. In July 2011, she was assessed by occupational health who said that she was not fit to return to her post or undertake interim duties. The employer commenced a capability procedure, but the letter inviting her to a meeting made references to a disciplinary hearing. Ms Lawrence declined to attend the meeting; the meeting was held without her and she was dismissed on the grounds of ill health. She claimed unfair dismissal and disability discrimination…
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