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Trafford Housing v (1) Hughes (2) Burke - Conduct does not itself have to justify dismissal to be relevant as contributory fault [2007] EAT

Trafford dismissed Messrs Hughes & Burke for taking too long a lunch-break, believing that they were in fact working for someone else on Trafford's time. An employment tribunal found the dismissals unfair. It considered that the behaviour warranted disciplinary action, that should be a warning, not dismissal, and since there should not have been a dismissal H & B could not have contributed to it. Therefore no reduction due to contributory conduct was made to the compensation awarded. Trafford appealed.

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