Williams v Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service - Tribunal is not prohibited from finding that the potentially fair reason for a dismissal is different to that advanced by employer  EAT
Mr Williams was a firefighter between 1989 and 2007, when he was dismissed. He had a very poor sick absence record, and had been subject to informal action and formal warnings over this. A final warning in 2002 (which was to last for a number of years) led to improvement in 2003 and 2004, but there then followed further absence. Eventually a disciplinary hearing in 2006 concluded that Mr Williams had failed to comply with the final warning and he was dismissed.