direct 2 lawyers-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news in the UK, we take a look at the latest employment law-related headlines to hit the media between 9 September 2013 and 15 September 2013, including a payout for a teaching assistant that was unfairly dismissed over swearing allegations, Employment Tribunal success for a young groom and the BBC revealing more redundancy payouts

  1. Pay-out for teaching assistant wrongly sacked after playground F-word claims – A teaching assistant has won a big-money payout after being wrongly fired over claims she swore in her school’s playground and was responsible for “inappropriate” Facebook photos. Paula Williams was sacked from Bridgtown Primary School in Cannock over allegations which also included suggestions she used the term “sexy beast” to a child and took a book called ‘I Shot My Daddy’ on a swimming trip (The Birmingham Mail)
  2. Whistleblower Catholic priest sacked after sex revelations to Observer – A Scottish Catholic priest, who has fought for 17 years to force the hierarchy to act against a fellow priest who abused him, has been dismissed from the diocese of Galloway while recovering from cancer and issued with a formal warning for talking to the Observer (The Guardian)
  3. Ipswich Royal Mail centre union ballot over job losses – Royal Mail workers in Ipswich are being balloted on industrial action over the proposed transfer of posts to Essex. The company announced it was looking to move processing jobs to Chelmsford as part of a national reorganisation (BBC)
  4. Employment tribunal success for young groom –  A young groom who brought a successful employment tribunal against her former boss says she hopes her case will encourage other stable staff to pursue similar claims (Horse & Hound)
  5. Unison’s £49,000 payout over “three wise monkeys” racist allegation – Onay Kasab of Greenwich Unison, Glenn Kelly, secretary of Bromley Unison, Suzanne Muna, secretary of the Housing Corporation Unison branch and Brian Debus, chairman of Hackney Unison were awarded the payout after an employment tribunal (Hackney Gazette)
  6. City grandee countersues ENRC for libel – Sir Paul Judge, the City grandee and former board member of ENRC, is counter-suing the miner for alleged libel in the latest twist in the legal battle between the parties (The Financial Times)
  7. RMT wins key victory in Employment Tribunal over victimisation of Serco Barclays “Boris Bikes” activist – Transport union RMT has today secured a major victory in the Employment Tribunal over the victimisation and sacking of Zack Dahou,  a key activist on the Serco Barclay’s “Boris Bikes” scheme (RMT Taxis)
  8. Hartlebury woman makes ‘disability discrimination’ compensation claim – A Hartlebury projects employee with an animal laboratory agency who is seeking compensation for disability discrimination complained she was “almost persecuted” by a woman manager (The Kidderminster Shuttle)
  9. ‘A victory for common sense’: Railway worker suspended for breaching health safety rules after rescuing wheelchair-bound pensioner who fell on the tracks has job reinstated – A railway worker who was suspended after leaping on to the tracks to help rescue a disabled woman has been reinstated. Customer service assistant Alan Chittock was on the platform at Southend Central Station when he saw the elderly passenger roll 5ft down on to the line in her wheelchair (The Mail Online)
  10. BBC reveals more redundancy payouts – The BBC has revealed further details of severance payments where senior staff received more than their entitlement. Eight staff were paid an additional £143,000 in the three years to December 2012, according to an investigation by the National Audit Office (BBC)


The Direct 2 Lawyers Employment Team post daily on interesting employment law cases, Employment Tribunal judgments and Employment Appeal Tribunal judgments. All of the Employment Team posts are written by qualified specialist employment lawyers

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