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Justice in DismissalThe Law of Termination of Employment$
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Hugh Collins

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198254355

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198254355.001.0001

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Harsh but Fair

Harsh but Fair

(p.6) (p.7) [1] Harsh but Fair
Justice in Dismissal

Hugh Collins

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the law of unfair dismissal. It cites the case of Mr. Mathewson, who was dismissed after he arrived late from a lunch break. The main reason why he was late was because he was arrested for possession of drugs — specifically cannabis — that he purchased from a friend at a bus stop. The discussion includes the origins of the legislation of unfair dismissal, the common law of wrongful dismissal, and the ideology of common law, among others. It can be stated that there is no single case that can illustrate the host of questions of justice raised by dismissals, since these may occur in a wide variety of circumstances and for different motives.

Keywords:   unfair dismissal, origins of the legislation, wrongful dismissal, common law, cannabis posession, common law, dismissals

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