Litigation Recent Decisions 11/10/94

Unfair dismissal – considering reason for dismissal

British Railways Board v Jackson (1994) (CA) (Neill LJ, Hoffmann LJ, Waite LJ)

Summary: Legalism which industrial tribunals should try and avoid necessity for considering circumstances which employer is entitled to take into account in unfair dismissal cases.

Employer's appeal against industrial tribunal's finding of unfair dismissal where a railway steward who had broken the rule that personal items of food and drink were not to be carried on refreshment cars, had been found trying to place a sliced loaf and three packets of bacon in his locker and had been dismissed.