My friend got an unfair dismissal; what do you think?
My friend has worked in an IT field in a medium size organisation in UK for over 15 months. Recently he was given a disciplinary hearing to attend within 2 days and the outcome of this was his contract being terminated. According to him they had four allegations that he had done things wrong or not in time or took too long to complete. All of the mistakes gathered were within the last 2 months and that is because my friend believe his work load had doubled in the last few months and he was under pressure, so he had made a number of mistakes. He tried to discuss with the manager but has always been unsuccessful putting this across and decided to take everything on himself and work as much as he can. On the hearing meeting he admitted to all the things because he knows they were mistakes and errors due to high pressure and work load. So the final wording before being terminated were along the lines of “we have to terminate your contract as of now because we have no trust in you”.
Can they give you 48 hours for a disciplinary hearing meeting? Or does it have to be 1 week? Also my friend believes the main reason is not work, but he was terminated because of his personality/other issues and this was not mentioned in the allegation points. He has got a verbal warning but no written warning and he believes he should be given a first and second written warning before taking the disciplinary hearing. Can they do this? They have accused all four issues as gross misconduct.