I have been working for a business for three years, during that time I wanted more money and after complaining for a while I was offered a managerial role, however this meant that I had to do shifts that, frankly, interfered with my social life (working in a pub) and I got pissed off with that, also I had several chances to work for someone else who paid me more, so I sacked off another couple of shifts. I did get criticised as I tended to do the shifts that were percieved as 'easy' by the other staff, but frankly the pay is so bad that I'm surprised anyone works there at all.
After a while I decided not to do the management job, but that meant my pay went down again. Also they tried to make me work Christmas eve without any special bonus - I got tips, but nothing extra in my hourly rate - so I refused. Why shouldn't I? Then I got the Christmas Day shift, but couldn't be bothered working the whole shift - its christmas day right?! So I got drunk and went home early.
I also got told off for swearing in front of customers, but it was a really busy day and I was annoyed at my low rate of pay considering it was busy.
Anyway, the point is I sort of walked out - well I said I was getting out of this business and said 'I can't be bothered with this bloody place anymore' which I again got told off for. I didn't get any more shifts, but then I supposed I didn't go in an ask for any.
Anyway what I'm asking is, if they don't give me shifts, can I do them for unfair dismissal? Also I am thinking, if they haven't actually sacked me, what if I say I didn't actually mean to walk out? Will they have to keep employing me?
Yes I think this is written from POV of the staff member, so we all agree s/he is unreasonable and then OP will come back and say she is the boss and just wanted to check it wasn't just her being about employee.
Ahem, yes I was trying to get my head around how the employee sees it - its a friend's business and actually the employee's attutude is worse that I have described.. I think that the employee should be amazed that they still have a job TBH, but I think that they are trying to pressure the business to pay out somehow - its astonishing though because its not a big career job.
I think there probably are some risks somewhere, but I just don't know how to advise my friend. I think that its obvious that the employee effectively walked out, and also that essentially they should have been disciplined for their conduct, but weren't because they hightailed it.
Its just that now they are demanding the dismissal letter, when there was no dismissal and I can't work out why they would do that unless they were wanting to say that they were unfairly dismissed. Also its weird because if they were dismissed they can't get benefit so why are they pushing for that letter?
Its only a tiny business by the way and I am trying to get me head around what is going on - a claim would close the business as its right on the edge as it is (cold weather and bar that trades on its outside space). I am not the employer I am just trying to stick by my friend who is worried that this will close her business for good.
You can't get benefit if you are fired for gross misconduct, only if you are laid off or made redundant etc. I know that bit - I would have thought the employee's best option is to get a 'laid off' letter but it looks much more like they are trying to do something else? Do you think that they are just trying to get a letter saying they are no longer needed? Is there any legal reason why they wouldn't just ask for that?
This stuff is beyond me - when I worked in small businesses I just accepted that it was all friendly and casual anyway even if I was there for a while..
Is that true OneHand - we were worried that they could say that not getting shifts was pushing them out..? I think everything has been done to be reasonable, but as its pretty close to being a one-man-band of course its not like a place with HR, meetings and massive complicated policies - this person is acting like it should be and its really depressing my friend
Well my understanding is that the bar person was annoyed at being on minimum wage, but the tips usually double that on most of the shifts around the weekend, but he didn't want to work them because it 'interfered with their social life'
also I don't think devotion and dedication is necessarily demanded - in fact the walkout was accepted as part of what happens, as were some of the temper tantrums, but you can't let that go on too long. If it were in a chain bar I am sure they would have been out the door a while ago actually