I was shocked to find out that a friend of mine got the sack today for having a mobile phone in his pocket! It was a Christmas job picking and packing in a warehouse. It was only a temporary role over the Christmas period, so does this mean the company wouldn't have to supply him with either a verbal or written warning first? He only ever used it during designated break periods and was fired for it simply being in his pocket. They know this because they check pockets at the end of each shift for thieves. Even worse, my friend mentioned it seems double standards as some people have their earphones in their ears all shift and feels he was made an example of!
Even if they can legally do this or not, I am shocked and appalled that any company can do this to someone just before Christmas, and for what I see being a completely minor, even ridiculous, reason.
I mentioned to him to get in contact with citizens advice ASAP and see what his rights are. Does anyone have any other advice? Or anyone in a similar role thats heard of this? Or what would you do if this was you?