I always feel pleased with a result that shows the system works whether for employer or employee. After a long lunchtime meeting I got back to my desk to an e-mail from a client I saw a couple of weeks ago. I’d advised him on his appeal against dismissal. He’d been dismissed for negligence following a robbery – it was said he could have prevented it. At first sight the evidence did look quite damning but when we went through it it was quite clear that none of the things he could have done would have made any difference. The thieves would still have got away with it. We prepared a letter of appeal going through the detail and explaining why he could not have prevented the theft.
In the e-mail this afternoon he tells me that he has been given his job back with back pay. All’s well that ends well.
My experience of employers is that most treat appeals very seriously but sometimes employees believe that their case may not be properly reviewed or reconsidered. This just shows how wrong that assumption can be!