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JGM, Solicitor
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Experience:  30 years as a practising solicitor.
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My son who lives in Abu Dhabi recently suffered a severe episode

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My son who lives in Abu Dhabi recently suffered a severe episode of depression and as a result tried to take his own life at the school where he worked as an art teacher. This took place in a store cupboard and when found was admitted to hospital and under went an 8 hour operation to save hands and then spent a week in the hospitals psychiatric unit, where he was diagnosed with server depression. At a later date he was given a letter of dismissal. Our question involves his dismissal letter which states "your recent actions whilst on the school premises have jeopardised the wellbeing of the pupils and staff of the school".
Could this wording be interpreted as " he is now a threat to society " ?? .....which is one hell of an allegation !!.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  JGM replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question.
The wording of the dismissal letter will in all likelihood follow the wording of his contract of employment in that there will be a clause somewhere which says that an employee won't act in any way which is likely to jeopardise the wellbeing of staff and pupils.
I don't think it is intended to suggest that he is a threat to society which is a much wider and more serious issue.
You don't say what system of law is relevant to the situation. Some schools in that part of the world are UK schools and UK law applies to their contracts. However, it is very unlikely that a UK Employment Tribunal would have jurisdiction. For that reason I can comment on the interpretation here as you have asked me to do but any further comment would depend on the system of law which applies.
I hope that helps.
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