featurelarge_Newspaper-stack_webIn the latest of our series of blog posts on employment law stories in the news, we take a look at a former diplomat who believes he was persecuted by his employer; Lord Sugar suing former Apprentice winner Stella English over her Employment Tribunal claim; and a Christian former technician who has won her Employment Tribunal claim for over £100,000

  1. Former diplomat John Yapp: I’m being persecuted – Fresh from winning £320,000 in damages from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office after clearing his name in a sexual harrassment case, former High Commissioner to Belize John Yapp speaks to Cole Moreton (The Telegraph)
  2. Lord Sugar suing Apprentice winner Stella English over employment tribunal – Lord Sugar is suing Apprentice winner Stella English for £35,000 over her failed constructive dismissal case against him (The Evening Standard)
  3. Travers and ex-trainee reach financial settlement on pregnancy discrimination case – Travers Smith has reached a financial settlement with former trainee Katie Tantum, who last month won a high-profile pregnancy discrimination case against the firm (The Lawyer)
  4. Claim of sexual discrimination thrown out – A mother who claimed she lost her job on a Boots beauty counter because she left work to look after her sick child has had her case thrown out by an employment judge (Oxford Mail)
  5. Construction industry workers blacklisted for 20 years – The union Unite says it has evidence that the vetting of individuals by name in the building industry is still happening, four years after the discovery of a secret list that denied people work for years (BBC)
  6. Christian school technician wins £100,000 payout after colleagues stuck Blu-Tack penises on her telephone – A council has been forced to pay a former school technician more than £100,000 after colleagues fashioned male genitalia from Blu-Tack and stuck them to her telephone (The Mail Online)
  7. TUC: shrinking pay damaging living standards and holding back economy – The UK’s annual pay packet has shrunk by £52bn compared with the start of the financial crisis, according to research from the Trades Union Congress marking the launch of its pay rise campaign (The Guardian)
  8. Woman wins sex discrimination case after miscarriages – A woman who had two miscarriages and claimed she was sacked because of the time she took off work after them, has been awarded more than £12,500 (BBC)
  9. Workers suffer record pay cuts to keep jobs – Workers have suffered “unprecedented” cuts to wages over the past five years, research shows (The Telegraph)
  10. Bishop sacked over affair ordered out of vicarage by High Court judge – A bishop who refused to leave his vicarage after he was sacked for an extra-marital affair with a member of his congregation has been ordered out by a High Court judge (The Telegraph)


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