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According to emerging reports, highly-acclaimed news correspondent, Matt Lauer, has been dismissed by NBC following allegations of sexual misconduct.

The leading morning news anchor is at the centre of allegations relating to inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace.

Issuing a statement to staff, the network’s president for news, Andrew Lack, confirmed the dismissal, saying: "On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace by Matt Lauer."

"While it is the first complaint about his behaviour in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident," the statement continued.

Lauer's colleagues, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, learned of the news shortly before going live on air, and struggled to maintain their composure while delivering the news to viewers.

"All we can say is we are heartbroken; I’m heartbroken," Savannah said. "How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly."

"It's hard to reconcile what we are hearing with the man we know, who walks in this building every, single day," Hoda added.

59-year-old Lauer, who is a father of three, has fronted both The Today Show and Dateline NBC.

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Last week, a photograph of cyclist, Juli Briskman, went viral, and this week, that same photograph cost her her job.

The 50-year-old, who became a social media sensation after deciding to flip off President Trump's motorcade, was informed that her decision to do so meant that she could not stay under the employ of government contracting firm, Akima LLC.

Aware that the publicity surrounding the photograph could have detrimental implications, Juli approached her employers and confirmed that she was the woman in the photograph.

Speaking to The Huffington Post, Juli explained that her decision to come clean resulted in her dismissal, saying: "They said, 'We're separating from you'."

"Basically, you cannot have 'lewd' or 'obscene' things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off 'obscene.'"

Juli, who chose to make the image her profile picture on both Facebook and Twitter, ultimately violated Akima's social media policy, despite the fact her place of employment is not listed on her social media pages nor was she working at the time the photo was taken.

Speaking to the Washinton Post, Juli insists that she does not regret her decision despite it costing her her job.

"I flipped off the motorcade a number of times," she admitted before adding: "I'd do it again."

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A former Wexford Tesco worker who was fired from her job because she ate breakfast at the Tesco café has been awarded €41,000.

Lisa Kinsella was fired from Tesco on August 19 2013 after she was seen on CCTV footage eating breakfast, which wasn't immediately paid for on two separate occasions. Three other employees were also dismissed because of the same reason. 

Ms Kinsella was initially acknowledged of her wrong-doing after she was asked to meet with her manager – with just 15 minutes notice. She was then suspended and subsequently dismissed two months later.

But at the tribunal hearing, it was revealed that she had later paid for her meals and it was common practise to do so as employees were not allowed to carry cash or cards on them while they were working. 

When Lisa was first fired, she appealed her dismissal on 16 separate grounds to Tesco HR, but everything was denied. 

Accordingly, the Employment Appeals Tribunal found that the grounds that Lisa was fired under were disproportionate, and she was awarded €41,000 compensation.

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