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Recently an employee won a legal case against his former employer after being dismissed for not taking part in his company’s team building activities. The claimant was dismissed for being “insufficient professionally”, primarily because he didn’t get involved during company outings, which consisted of partying and drinking outside of working hours.

Events involved “excessive alcoholism encouraged by colleagues who made available very large quantities of alcohol, and practices pushed by colleagues involving promiscuity, bullying and incitement to various excesses”.

The employee claimed that he had a right to “refuse company policy based on incitement to partake in various excesses”.

A letter from his employers cited “his disagreement with the management methods of the company. But the subsequent tribunal ruled he “could not be blamed” and that the claimant had a legal right to refuse to take part in the activities, awarding him more than £2,500 compensation in the process.

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