Re: > I would think that the new starter had plenty of legal recourse
"I wouldn't have thought so. Unless I'm very out of date, isn't it usual for new starters to be on a month's trial?"
Even these usually have "F-up" clauses that allow for immediate termination on gross negligence/incompetence grounds. No matter who behind the scenes allowed it to happen, actually causing the firm to be forced down for long enough to likely trigger a legal event IS going to trigger the "F-up" clause. It'd be a lot safer for them than gardening for the rest of the month since someone like this might trigger Murphy or even contemplate sabotage if they feel they're screwed in any event. In it up to one's neck, so to speak.