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Bates v Liverpool City Council - demotion and constructive dismissal - EAT 25.1.07

Mr Bates, a social worker, was demoted following the death of a child whose key worker he had been supervising. The Council concluded that he had been guilty of gross misconduct but conceded that there had also been a 'systemic support supervisors'. He resigned and claimed unfair constructive dismissal. Both the employment tribunal and now the EAT have dismissed his claim. The issue was whether the sanction was disproportionate.

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