Vanttinen-Newton v The GEO Group UK Ltd: EAT 23 Jul 2009

The Claimant was head chaplain at an immigration removal centre. He was dismissed for giving an unauthorised interview broadcast on a local radio religious broadcast and because ‘there was the potential for information to be shared which may have brought the Company into disrepute or bring[ing] serious discredit to the Company.’ The breach of the company rule of which the Claimant was said to be guilty was ‘conduct, whether or not committed at work, that in the company’s reasonable opinion is likely to bring the company into disrepute or bring serious discredit to the company.’ The dismissing officer had neither heard the broadcast nor read a transcript of it. The dismissal was unfair but the Claimant had substantially contributed to it.

Reid QC J
[2009] UKEAT 0113 – 09 – 2307
England and Wales
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