A librarian at Oxford University has apparently been sacked after a Harlem Shake imitation was filmed in the library.

The librarian was sacked last week after an imitation of the Harlem Shake dance was filmed in St Hilda’s college library whilst they were on duty. The video was subsequently posted on Youtube and has received over 5,000 views.

It’s not currently clear whether the librarian has actually been dismissed or has simply been suspended pending an investigation and potential disciplinary proceedings. If the librarian was to be dismissed for allowing the Harlem Shake video to be filmed whilst they were on duty then the college would have a responsibility to ensure that a fair and reasonably thorough procedure was carried out when dismissing them and that the decision was within the range of reasonable responses in the circumstances. This would include a consideration as to whether dismissal was fair and proportionate in the circumstances.

If  you’ve been dismissed from your employment and you think that this may have been unfair then you should contact an expert to obtain employment law advice on the situation. You may be able to negotiate a compromise agreement with your employer instead of litigating in the Employment Tribunal.

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