Sacked for exaggerating sickness

Essentially the case of Metroline West v Ajaj was regarding Mr Ajaj misleading his employer over the extent of an injury sustained in an accident. The Employment Tribunal found that his dismissal had been unfair. The Employment Appeals Tribunal, however, found that in exaggerating the effects of his injury and the accident they had occurred in, Mr Ajaj had been dishonest and that this was a fundamental breach of contract. As such, his employer was entitled to dismiss him.

The only surprising point in this case seems to be that it made it as far as The Employment Appeal Tribunal. The decision is clear though that if an employer has evidence that an employee is “pulling a sickie” then this will amount to misconduct, and that dismissal could be justified.