Victory in drug case due to a legal loophole

Victory in drug case due to a legal loophole

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Achef caught with illegal drugs outside his place of work has won an unfairdismissal case against his employer on a legal technicality.DavidLloyd Leisure, owned by the Whitbread chain, sacked Ellesmere Port chef RobertWilson, 21, after he was found with cannabis.Wilsonwas caught with the drugs in a car park opposite the leisure centre by securityguards. He was suspended and then sacked three weeks later following a policewarning.Althoughthe tribunal last week ruled David Lloyd Leisure was within its rights to sackhim for bringing the company into disrepute, it said Wilson should not havebeen disciplined while police were investigating the case.Wilsonclaimed his personal rights had been infringed under the Human Rights Act andwon £175 compensation – a week’s pay.Aspokesman for David Lloyd said the company had no formal drugs policy but didnot tolerate criminal activity among its staff.Headded, “The tribunal agreed that we were within our rights to sack him –but it was the process that caused the problem.”Whilethey are at work we have to ensure our employees are functioning properly –which they might not do if they are taking banned substances.” Victory in drug case due to a legal loopholeOn 13 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img

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