UK Employment law - new employee?
We have just been told - off the record - by someone senior at their last firm (friend of a friend) - they were sacked for selling nothing in 6 months (simplier / easier sale than our items which are much more technical) - the employee is suing them for not 'helping them enough to sell' (even though told us the courses in the prior firm was A1) and sued their prior place (where they didn't last long or sell anything) - and they are a nice person but also a 'player' / 'chancer' who wants a payoff to avoid ET and not to touched!
References have not yet been requested! I don't believe we told them the position was subject to references but you would expect to be asked for your last 2 firms. We plan to ask them for their last 2 firms contact to get them. Which may call their bluff and we can ask what the problem is when they don't want to give them (They claim last firm didn't give them a P45 which we don't believe).
Can we summary dismiss them for gross misconduct in lying to us in the interview? - they clearly told us a couple of times us they were made redundant and that they had sold plenty of things in prior firm and earned commission.
My boss wants to give them a chance for a month or so - as they are 'a nice person' - but the person has no experience in our product / industry and to be honest we are so laid back as a firm that we would not give them adequate training if they thought their last firm didn't 'help them enough' to sell something.
Can we go for gross misconduct for (it seems) lying in an interview?
Can we just say within 2 weeks of starting - we are letting you go immediately without notice period or reason?
However I'm looking for other peoples opinion on the legal situation of getting rid of someone within 2 weeks of joining us.
They do not want the job - they wanted the money. As we all do. But we have to give something in return. Esp as employing someone for say 6 months - plus agency recruitment fees - training fees - payoff fees! (This person has, if truthful, sued their last few firms for not 'supporting them enough' i