Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Mockler [2012]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
  • Legal Body
    Employment Appeal Tribunal (UKEAT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Reasonableness and Burchell Tests

This case arose from the dismissal of a railway worker for his failure to observe trackside safety rules. The EAT upheld the Tribunal's finding that the dismissal was unfair and referred to a comparator who had not been dismissed for breaching safety rules arising from the same incident. The EAT held that, while the Tribunal did not cite any statute or authority, thus creating a risk of error, it nevertheless upheld the appellant on BHS v Burchell [1978] IRLR 379.

The EAT‟s comments on this merit recital here: 

"So, the first stage is always to find by way of BHS v Burchell whether the employer had reason to believe there were infractions and secondly, to decide what the response is...

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This article is correct at 26/10/2012

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