I recently heard of a story where an employee at a primary school in England was put on paid suspension. The reason given for this suspension was that she attended a peaceful demonstration against hate.
In the letter which the employee received, she was told that attending this demonstration could qualify as gross misconduct. An investigation has now been launched with regards to whether this was indeed gross misconduct.
This suspension also means that she cannot collect her own children from the school premises as she has been told to stay clear of the premises and to not make contact with staff.
Is attending a peaceful protest outside of work hours considered gross misconduct in the UK?