Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. How long did you work there for?
In order to justify that dismissal on grounds of misconduct was fair, the law requires that the employer:
An employer therefore is not expected to prove that the alleged misconduct had definitely occurred. Disciplinary action, or even dismissal, would generally be fair if the employer can show that it had conducted a reasonable investigation, followed a fair procedure and held a genuine belief that the employee was guilty.
There is a further issue for you though because if you have been continuously employed at your place of work for less than 2 years then your employment rights will unfortunately be somewhat limited. Most importantly, you will not be protected against unfair dismissal. This means that your employer can dismiss you for more or less any reason, and without following a fair procedure, as long as their decision is not based on discriminatory grounds (i.e. because of gender, race, religion, age, a disability, sexual orientation, etc.) or because you were trying to assert any of your statutory rights (e.g. requesting maternity/paternity leave, etc.).
In your case, unfortunately you can get dismissed with no proof at all and just on a rumour because you are not protected against unfair dismissal
Please let me know if this has answered your original question or if you need me to clarify anything else for you in relation to this? Thanks
I understand that it may seem unfair but I have to reiterate again that none of this is illegal - even if you have the best proof in the world that you are not guilty the employer can still investigate and even dismiss you, even if they cannot prove a single thing from the allegations - you simply do not have protection against unfair dismissal in the circumstances