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Royal Bank of Scotland Plc v McAdie - Fair dismissal of long term sick employee [2006] EAT

The Royal Bank of Scotland has won its appeal against an employment tribunal decision that it had unfairly dismissed a long serving employee (of some 20 year standing). Mrs McAdie took sick leave because of a stress-related illness which she claimed was attributable to the conduct of one of her managers. She claimed this was exacerbated by the employerÂ’s mishandling of its grievance procedures. She was still off work a year later. She was then dismissed for incapacity. Medical evidence was unequivocal that there was no prospect of her ever returning to work.

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