£5700 for meringue farrago

The Scotsman reports the quite delightful case of Tracey Gray v Fisher & Donaldson Bakery. The employee was a shop assistant who had failed to ring through a Pavlova meringue on the till. Unfortunately it had been bought by two store detectives. Before she had a chance to correct her error the boss walked in and took her out the back to accuse her of theft. She was sacked. For this gross overreaction she was awarded £5700 for unfair dismissal. This is a reminder that just because someone has done something wrong does not mean it's so wrong that dismissal is justified.

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