Archive | May, 2011

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 23.05.11 to 29.05.11: Laura Ashley employee awarded almost £10,000 for sex discrimination

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 23 May 2011, including the award of nearly £10,000 to a Laura Ashley employee after she was discriminated against on the ground of her sex.
Laura Ashley employee awarded £9,000 for discrimination (on the BBC… continue

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Tribunal Watch’s Twitter round-up – week beginning 23 May 2011: initial reaction to Sharon Shoesmith’s successful appeal over Baby P’s death

We round up what caught Tribunal Watch’s eye on Twitter this week, including initial reaction to Sharon Shoesmith’s successful appeal (on the BBC website) against the rejection of her application for judicial review of her dismissal over Baby Peter’s death.
Note: The full transcript of the Court of Appeal decision… continue

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Serial urinators caught on covert CCTV footage were fairly dismissed

In one of the more bizarre cases to turn up recently, an employer just about got away with using secretly recorded CCTV footage to dismiss five employees caught urinating on company property on numerous occasions, in one of XpertHR’s latest tribunal reports.

The claimants worked at Fine Tubes Ltd’s factory… continue

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Religious discrimination: GP reprimanded for “talking about God with patient”

Another week, another allegation of religious discrimination in the workplace supported by the Christian Legal Centre. In this well-publicised case (on the Daily Telegraph website), a GP has been warned about his future conduct after a mother complained that the doctor had abused his position by “pushing religion” on her… continue

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Tribunal Watch’s Twitter round-up – week beginning 16 May 2011: EAT gives troubling retirement decision

We round up what caught Tribunal Watch’s eye on Twitter this week, including astonishment at an EAT decision on the statutory retirement procedure that, if the employee submits an invalid request, there is an implied duty on the employer to inform the employee of the essential conditions for a valid… continue

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 16.05.11 to 22.05.11: whistleblowing midwife wins employment tribunal claim

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 16 May 2011, including a whistleblowing midwife who showed that she was forced to quit her job after being bullied by colleagues.
Whistleblowing midwife in tribunal victory (on the This Is Surrey website) A whistleblowing… continue

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Woolworths sacks workers for “planking” on meat grinder (among other objects)

Woolworths – Australia’s largest retailer and employer – has sacked eight employees for “planking”, reports the news.com.au website, which it considers a breach of health and safety. For the uninitiated among you, planking is where you lie down with your arms at your sides and photograph it (well, probably someone… continue

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Sikh prison officer claims discrimination over ban on carrying dagger in jail

A former prison officer is claiming race discrimination and unfair dismissal after complaining that he was not allowed to wear his Sikh ceremonial dagger on duty at the prison in which he worked, in the latest strange case involving religion in the workplace to hit the headlines (on the Burton… continue

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Proposals to allow employment tribunals to order equal pay audits

The Government’s major consultation on “modernising workplaces” contains several proposals that will have a big impact on employment tribunals, not least the controversial plan to give them the power to order employers to carry out equal pay audits.
As well as proposing “an entirely new system of parental leave and… continue

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Taxi driver required to remove “phallic” Christian cross from car after schoolboy takes offence

There have been a number of news stories involving the display of religious symbols in the workplace recently, but surely there are none more strange than a council’s decision to order a taxi firm to require a driver to remove a cross from his car because a schoolboy was offended… continue

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