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my dad has been sacked

Melanie wrote:

I hope you can help me as my dad is in despair over all this.

My dad works for a distributors company in the UK and over the last month he has been filling in his time sheets and adding an extra hour on in the mornings.

He has done this because he sometimes works through his dinner hour and loses the hours pay so he has added hours on to make up for it.

His manager has been watching him leave the house in the mornings and has told him he knows what he has been doing and he has to either hand in his notice or face being sacked.

I find this totally unprofessional as he has worked there for over 23 years and never been given a warning of anykind, can you please tell me if he has any legal rights and what they are. He knows he has done wrong and has apologised immensely for it, and would certainly never do it again, he is 51 years old and not much chance of getting another job at his time of life, he is very distressed over this can you please help me.

Dear Melanie,

Be clear, he has done wrong, and so making excuses will not help. He knows that no-one is authorised to alter their time sheets - he should have asked about the extra he was working.

Other than that, however, he has my sympathy. The fact they are offeriing him the chance to resign - rather than just sacking him - suggests there's more going on here.

Are they trying to reduce the workforce without the cost of making redundancy? Has he upset a senior manager?

Does anyone else fiddle their time sheets? I'll bet they do!

First, he should go to the union - if he is being victimised, they'll help. Also, if he has a clean record, sacking sounds a little over the top to me.

He should stand firm, argue that he is happy to be disciplined, but that sacking is out of proportion to his 'crime'

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