Employment tribunal decisions 09.12.13 to 15.12.13: Labour party activist argues dismissal from jobcentre was because of “democratic socialist” beliefs

SocialismA round-up of links to stories about employment tribunal rulings reported in the week beginning 9 December 2013, during which we reported that a tribunal has heard allegations that a jobcentre worker who has long been politically active with the Labour Party was dismissed because of his “democratic socialist” views.

Labour Party activist’s “democratic socialist” views are philosophical belief under Equality Act 2010 In Olivier v Department for Work and Pensions, the employment tribunal held that the belief in “democratic socialism” held by a dismissed jobcentre worker who has long been politically active with the Labour Party is a “philosophical belief” under the Equality Act 2010.

Other employment tribunal decisions in the headlines

Transsexual PC’s case against Essex Police rejected An employment tribunal has rejected claims of harassment and discrimination by a transsexual police officer, the BBC has learned.

Council equal pay claim is rejected by panel A mass legal action over equal pay claims by thousands of low-paid female workers at Scotland’s largest local authority has fallen at the first hurdle, says the Scottish Herald.

Former Droitwich police woman loses legal claim for disability discrimination A former Droitwich policewoman who was refused a two-year career break by West Midlands Police after complaining of bullying and suffering from ME, has lost a legal claim for disability discrimination against the force, according to the Bromsgrove Advertiser.

“Frank Bruno” jibe fire chief loses claim for race discrimination A black fire station commander who alleged colleagues called him “Frank”, after boxing champion Frank Bruno, has lost a claim for race discrimination, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Neuroscientist Thelma Lovick wins tribunal victory over Birmingham The unfair dismissal of a senior neuroscientist for breaches of animal experimentation licences has been described by a prominent supporter as both “cock-up and conspiracy”, according to the Times Higher Education.

Former policeman sacked from council’s ASBO team for assault after “flicking” female colleague’s ears The Daily Mail has reported that an ex-policeman was sacked from a council’s anti-social behaviour combat team after he repeatedly flicked a female colleague’s ears.

Shropshire worker sacked over yoghurt dates mix-up Advising consumers over the best dates on which to enjoy their yoghurts turned sour for a Shropshire supervisor when he was given the sack, according to the Shropshire Star.

Employment tribunal rules Perth College was right to sack lecturer who advanced own commercial work A Perth College lecturer was fairly sacked for his “systematic dishonesty” in carrying out his own commercial work while on college time and receiving college pay, reports the Scottish Courier.

Former Plymouth care home workers say they are owed thousands A COURT has ordered a Plymouth care home company to pay more than £80,000 to ex-employees, the Plymouth Herald has learned.

Actor still unpaid despite tribunal victory six months ago An actor owed more than £5,000 for a tour he appeared in is still fighting to recoup money owed to him, despite the fact a tribunal ordered the show’s producers to pay up six months ago, says the Stage.

Ex-Liverpool FC chauffeur claiming he was hounded out of job has case dismissed by tribunal A former Liverpool FC chauffeur who claimed he was hounded out of his job after he made allegations of serious malpractice at the club has had his case dismissed after an employment tribunal hearing reported by the Liverpool Echo.

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