Asda Stores Ltd v Thompson, Pullan, and Caller: EAT 16 Jun 2003

The appellants had been dismissed after investigations satisfied the employer that the employees had been using illegal drugs. Cross appeals were made in the following misconduct unfair dismissal claim. The employees complained of the use of anonymous witnesses. The employer had successfully appealed against an order for disclosure of all the statements taken.
Held: Burton P said: ‘It is plainly the case, on what we understand of the facts that the allegations of drug taking and violence are serious, and that the fears of witnesses, whether or not justified in the absolute sense, are real, and the concerns of the respondent are real, and the obligations of the respondent have been upheld by this Appeal Tribunal in October 2001. Of course it is right that the tribunal has the final say, subject to appeal, but the tribunal cannot be in a position to make as informed a judgment as the respondent would be.’
Burton P
[2003] EAT 0063 – 03 – 1606, [2003] UKEAT 0063 – 03 – 1606, EAT/0063/03, [2004] IRLR 598
Bailii, Bailii, EATn
England and Wales
See AlsoAsda Stores Ltd v Thompson and others EAT 11-Oct-2001
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