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My daughter was sacked from the supermarket where she worked for taking some vouchers. She didn’t realise that she shouldn’t have taken them. Is this a sackable offence?

It’s not quite clear what your daughter took, but theft from work would probably justify “summary dismissal” or on-the-spot sacking. However your daughter’s employer should, at the very least, write to her giving details of the alleged misconduct and offering her the right of appeal. If she isn’t offered the chance to put her side of the story and goes on to win an unfair dismissal claim any compensation she is awarded will be enhanced. It’s possible that putting her side of the story will make no difference to the outcome, but your daughter should take the opportunity to explain herself.

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