Michael Patton v Blondtrepeneur Ltd t/a Made in Belfast [2016]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
  • Legal Body
    NI Industrial/Employment Tribunal (NIIET)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Discipline, Contracts of Employment, Pay
Issues covered: Unlawful Deductions from Wages; Discipline at Work; Investigations; Negligence

This case involved damage to a shutter on the premises of the respondent and the decision to make a deduction from the claimant’s wage to cover the costs. The claimant’s contract contained a specific provision permitting a deduction if the he acts in a negligent manner. The respondent instructed a Human Resources Consultant to investigate the matter.

There were material differences in the factual accounts of the claimant and two other employees who appeared to implicate the claimant and suggested he caused the damage arising from a ‘practical joke’. Written statements were taken from these employees. However, the investigation was concluded without affording the claimant a chance to comment

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This article is correct at 04/11/2016

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