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LANDMARK COURT DECISION TO END OFFICE 'SNEAKS'

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In a High Court ruling which sets a precedent in employment law, a private utilities company has been ordered to di...
In a High Court ruling which sets a precedent in employment law, a private utilities company has been ordered to disclose the name of an employee who provided information leading to a manager's dismissal for gross misconduct.

Reported in the Scotsman (p2), the vice chancellor Sir Richard Scott ordered the name of the informant be disclosed to the fired manager to allow him the chance to sue for libel and clear his name.

Lawyers commented the ruling would have the effect of forcing office 'sneaks' into the open.

Sir Richard said it was 'grossly unfair' that an employee should be fired without having the chance to answer allegations against him.

The order was suspended for 14 days to allow the company to appeal. The company's counsel said an industrial tribunal had ordered the man's reinstatement but the company had refused.
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