City of Edinburgh Council v Dickson EATS/0038/09

Reports relating to this case:

  • Unfair dismissal: Failure properly to consider explanation of uncharacteristic behaviour during hypoglycaemic episode resulted in unfair dismissal

    1 June 2010

    In City of Edinburgh Council v Dickson EATS/0038/09, the EAT upheld the employment tribunal's decision that an employee whose employer failed properly to consider his explanation that he had behaved out of character during a hypoglycaemic episode was unfairly dismissed. However, the tribunal's conclusion that the employer's rejection of that explanation amounted to direct and disability-related discrimination was wrong in law and was overturned.

  • Case of the week: Unfair dismissal and disability discrimination

    30 March 2010

    This week's case of the week, provided by Thomas Eggar, covers unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.

  • City of Edinburgh Council v Dickson

    23 February 2010

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld an employment tribunal decision that an employee was unfairly dismissed for viewing pornography at work during a “hypoglycaemic episode” brought on by diabetes when he behaved wholly out of character and after which he had no recollection of what he had done. However, it overturned the tribunal decision that the dismissal amounted to disability discrimination.