As most employers should know by now, dismissing an employee entails a two-pronged approach:
- Substantive fairness: the reason for the dismissal needs to be fair and justified; and
- Procedural fairness: the employer must hold a disciplinary hearing before dismissing an employee.
But what if the employee acts in such an appalling, inexcusable, unforgivable and utterly despicable manner that even an instantaneous dismissal seems too light a sentence? Is an immediate and unequivocal “You’re fired!” – without the benefit of a hearing – ever justified?