When expletives get expensive

Brown, Russell
September 2005
Management Services;Autumn2005, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p23
Academic Journal
This article discusses claims of unfair dismissal faced by employers or managers who use abusive language in Great Britain. The sacking of Saint Helens' Rugby League coach Ian Millward for, amongst other allegations, the use of abusive language towards a fellow employee, has raised questions. While the need for employers to address aggression in the workplace is a leadership issue, there are also legal considerations employers must bear in mind. An employer who fails to investigate allegations of abusive language could face a claim of unfair dismissal by the abuse victim on the grounds that the employee's trust and confidence in their employer have been compromised. Employers are advised to always suspend with a view to completing a thorough investigation before dismissing.


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