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In the latest of our series on employment law stories in the news, we take a look at employment cases that have hit the headlines between 15 July 2013 and 21 July 2013. This includes a prison officer who is taking the Ministry of Justice to the Employment Tribunal, a woman whose discrimination and unfair dismissal claims are currently being heard in the London Central Employment Tribunal and a Jewish surveyor who has won his Employment Tribunal claim.

  1. Bid to block employment tribunal fees fails – Lawyers arguing against the introduction this month of fees for taking cases to employment tribunals have lost their bid to block the move (BBC)
  2. Prison officer takes Ministry of Justice to employment tribunal over ‘sickness’ sacking – A former prison officer who was sacked after suffering post traumatic stress is taking her former employers to an employment tribunal (Sutton Guardian)
  3. ‘Bunga bunga’ bank kicked me out to make room for the boys, says City worker who claims she was sacked because she was a woman – A City banker was left a broken woman by sexism at an investment house dubbed ‘Bunga Bunga Securities’, a tribunal heard yesterday (Mail Online)
  4. Jewish surveyor awarded £20,000 payout after he was forced to quit his job because of boss’s anti-Semitic rants – A Jewish surveyor received £20,000 in compensation today after a tribunal found that his bullying boss repeatedly taunted him and said he wanted to lock up and gas ‘Yids’ like Apprentice star Lord Sugar’s son (Mail Online)
  5. Lecturer’s latest discrimination case fails – An academic who claimed she was victimised by her Oxford University colleague has had her case quashed yet again (Oxford Mail)
  6. Falling redundancies hints at strength in British jobs market – Job security may be increasing as falling numbers of people know workers who have lost their jobs, according to a report out today (City AM)
  7. Former Huddersfield Giants man sacked over naked bum pic on Twitter – Ex-Huddersfield Giants prop Keith Mason has given evidence his case against for unfair dismissal (The Huddersfield Daily Examiner)
  8. Transport boss lost job for not disclosing affair – A transport boss was sacked after an anonymous letter claiming she was having an affair with a business colleague was sent to her manager, a tribunal has heard (Herald Scotland)
  9. Driver loses damage recharge tribunal – Employers need to ensure that damage recharge policies are watertight and well-drafted if they are to successfully claw back cash from their staff. The warning comes in the wake of a recent case involving an employee who complained money was unfairly deducted from his wages to pay for damage to his company car (Fleet News)
  10. Sacked Gus Poyet hits out at ‘disrespectful’ Brighton as they rubber-stamp decision to ditch him – “We were one game from the play-off final. I think I deserved better. But I’m now free to take another job … at the top level” (The Mirror)

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