Loss of trust, confidence; when not ground for dismissal of employees

In China City Restaurant Corporation vs. NLRC, the Court held thus: For loss of trust and confidence to be a valid ground for the dismissal of employees, it must be substantial and not arbitrary, whimsical, capricious or concocted. Irregularities or malpractices should not be allowed to escape the scrutiny of this Court. Solicitude for the protection of the rights of the working class are of prime importance. Although this is not a license to disregard the rights of management, still the Court must be wary of the ploys of management to get rid of employees it considers as undesirable. [G.R. No. 117582. December 23, 1996]