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Disciplinary procedures: Employer ordered to disclose informant's identity

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In A v Company B Ltd [1997] IRLR 405, the High Court grants an order for discovery against a company which summarily dismissed a senior employee for gross misconduct upon the allegations of an informant, without disclosing either the specific allegations made against the employee or the identity of the informant. Condemning this form of employment practice as "outrageous", the Court holds that disclosure is necessary to enable the employee to bring an action for defamation and/or malicious falsehood against the informant in order to clear his name.