Saunders v Scottish National Camps: EAT 1980

The claimant was dismissed as the handyman at the Respondent’s children’s camp because he was homosexual. He appealed against rejection of his claim for unfair dismissal.
Held: His appeal failed. If the employer can show that he had a fair reason in his mind at the time when he decided on dismissal and he genuinely believed it to be fair this would bring the case within the category of another substantial reason. Where the belief is one which is genuinely held, and particularly is one which most employers would be expected to adopt, it may be a substantial reason even where modern sophisticated opinion can be adduced to suggest that it has no scientific foundation


[1980] IRLR 174


England and Wales

Cited by:

DoubtedPay v Lancashire Probation Service EAT 29-Oct-2003
The appellant challenged refusal of his claim for unfair dismissal. A probation officer, he had business interests in fire breathing and bondage merchandising which the service said were incompatible with his duties, and dismissed him. He complained . .
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Updated: 12 May 2022; Ref: scu.189930