statutory dispute procedure
Yusuf Dogan v London Borough of Greenwich UKEAT 0525 09
Appeal against decision that the claimant had been fairly dismissed. Following an investigation the claimant was dismissed, an internal appeal arranged 6 months after the dismissal. The claimant refused to attend the appeal hearing, saying that the unreasonable delay already rendered his dismissal automatically unfair. Whilst the ET ruled that the delay was unreasonable the statutory dispute procedure had been completed, albeit without the claimant being present at the hearing. The EAT upheld the ET's decision.