The following are examples of situations where an employment tribunal has had to examine what is meant by a “reasonable belief”.

In the employment tribunal case of Clark v Falkirk Sunbed Solarium & Ladies Health Club Ltd (SCOIT S/5057/94), Ms Clark was a 16-year-old girl of slight build who worked as an assistant at a solarium. At the end of the working day, which was about 10pm, she took rubbish in bin bags to a skip which was located nearby in front of a group of shops in a brightly lit place.

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