Identity Dismissal

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that an NHS Trust was entitled to fairly dismiss a nurse because of legitimate concerns over her true identity.

The nurse had obtained indefinite leave to remain in the UK and had obtained British citizenship. Her citizenship was subsequently revoked but she remained entitled to stay and work in the UK.

The EAT went on to say that an employer will not have to go further than looking at official correspondence in most cases—it was sufficient that the nurses’ identity was in question and held that the dismissal was therefore fair for “some other substantial reason”.

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