Dismissal of baker for not washing hands was fair
Cleanliness in the food industry: the tribunal’s view
“The claimant accepted that he was aware of the importance placed on hand washing by the respondent, illustrated by the training given to its staff and reinforcement of its importance in the company handbook and in bakery communications.
“The claimant also accepted, due to his own experience within the food industry, the importance of hand washing with regard to food safety…
“The reasons put forward by the respondent’s witnesses for taking a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach are reasonable and sound in a competitive industry where an outbreak of illness traced back to them could have serious consequences in terms of their reputation and success as a business.”