Employment Review: September 2015 - Dismissal for making derogatory comments about employer on Facebook

In this case, the claimant (Mr Smith) who was employed by the British Waterways Board (BW) was summarily dismissed for gross misconduct in June 2013, because he had posted comments on Facebook back in 2011

Publicly making remarks about being under the influence of alcohol whilst on standby duty (despite not being permitted to consume alcohol during his standby period).

Referring to his supervisors in derogatory terms

Comment Reference: The British Waterways Board v Smith [2015] UKEAT/0004/15, 3 August 2015

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