Employment tribunal collapses after “You can’t fire me!” claim over-ruled by “I just did!” rejoinder

A high-profile City of London unfair dismissal case was thrown out by the High Court yesterday, after it was found that defendant Robert Price had fulfilled all employment law requirements by countering his secretary’s claim that ‘you can’t fire me!’ with the rejoinder, ‘I just did!’

The ruling was viewed as surprising by the legal fraternity after earlier test cases had found that the similar responses ‘just watch me!’ or ‘oh, can’t I?’ were too ambiguous. Alice Featherly, the long-serving, newly pregnant secretary who was dismissed following an argument over her boss’s sexual advances, is to appeal the decision on the grounds ‘you can’t fire me, I quit!’.

Adam Ice Rink

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Posted: May 22nd, 2009 by

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