Sacking for covert tape recording fair

In Pendleton v Pennine Housing 2000 the Leeds Tribunal has held that the dismissal of a caretaking coordinator for secretly recording conversations with his co-workers was fair. When the co-workers discovered the recordings they made it clear they would not work with him again. This was sufficient to bring the dismissal within the band of reasonable responses a reasonable employer could take and thus the dismissal was fair. His defence was that he had a poor memory and illegible handwriting. Which begged the question - why didn't he tell people he was recording the meetings?

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