I wondered about that. The opening post invites our thoughts. The reason for this, it seems, is that the OP can then debate our apparent lack of employment law. The employee has, of course, not behaved well. But the employer, has not followed absolute process in dealing with it, exposing themselves to risk. They are, and will, follow their own counsel on where to go next, but for other employers here on this forum there is a lesson to follow with your HR stuff. Have a clear procedure. Follow it exactly. Document everything. That is what the law requires, not that you allow yourself to be taken advantage of.