British Broadcasting Corporation v Beckett: EAT 1983

The claimant had committed an act of serious negligence, jeopardising the safety of his colleagues. He was removed from his post as a scenic carpenter but offered an alternative post of maintenance carpenter on a trial basis, which was unacceptable to him. He resigned and successfully claimed constructive dismissal.
Held: The imposition of a punishment which is ‘grossly out of proportion to the offence’ can amount to the repudiation of a contract of service. It was for the Tribunal to decide whether the penalty of demotion to maintenance carpenter was within the band of reasonable penalties which a reasonable employer might impose on a man with Mr Beckett’s service with the BBC.


Neill J


[1983] IRLR 43


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Updated: 02 May 2022; Ref: scu.393374