We were caught in a compromising position in the stationery cupboard. Is this a sackable offence?

While you are entitled to a private life at work, this does have limits, and an employer has a right to expect some standards of behaviour when you're on company time and on the premises. This kind of behaviour may well have disciplinary consequences and, depending on the circumstances, could amount to gross misconduct and a reason to dismiss you immediately.

If you are summoned to a disciplinary meeting about this, make sure to discuss your options with your union rep or, if you are not a union member, a competent colleague. They are entitled to accompany you, and can help you present your case. For free support and advice if you don’t have a union rep, contact the Acas helpline, tel: 0300 123 1100.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.