Game Retail Ltd v Laws [2014]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    UKEAT 0188_14_0311
  • Legal Body
    Employment Appeal Tribunal (UKEAT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Reasonableness of dismissal; Twitter

This could be the first EAT case dealing with dismissal for the misuse of Twitter in the workplace. It involved a risk and loss prevention investigator for Game, who decided to follow the 100 or so stores Twitter feeds in order to check for misuse or signs of fraud etc. He set up his own Twitter account to do this, albeit he did not identify himself as a Game employee. One store encouraged 64 others to follow this follower in turn. 

Mr Laws posted several offensive Tweets and, when it was discovered he was the source and an employee, he was eventually dismissed. The original tribunal found the dismissal unfair and the UKEAT has overturned that finding and has ordered a rehearing

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This article is correct at 19/12/2014

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