Thank you. I can understand the reason why she did it, it is the lying which is the problem and although it may seem like a relatively minor lie, in the position that she is in, it would indeed be seen to be totally unacceptable.
If she was working, and she lied about the number of hours she worked and she was being paid for those hours, it would be gross misconduct and an employer would be quite justified in dismissing without notice.
As I said, I accept why she did what she did but the correct way of dealing with this would have been to express her concerns and actually ask if she could do different hours. If the answer was negative, then she has the answer. I don’t know whether she did ask and was refused or not and I’m not certain why she thought this wasn’t going to come back and bite her.
However the fact remains that she did it and she has been dismissed from the course and your question is what can she do about it.
I’m afraid the reality is very little. She will have the right of appeal and she should do that and her appeal letter should explain exactly why she did what she did and apologise without reservation.
That really is it because I don’t even think there would be a court action that could be brought except perhaps breach of contract but it’s not one that I would be spending money on taking to court.
I’m sorry, I know it’s not the answer you wanted but I suspect it’s the answer you thought you were going to get.
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