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  1. Managing director of multi-national company spent hundreds of thousands of pounds of its cash on cocaine and prostitutes before blackmailing chief executive over sex parties – A managing director of a multinational company spent hundreds of thousands of pounds of the firm’s money on cocaine and prostitutes before trying to blackmail his boss over sex parties the pair had organised. Details of the plot and exceptional behaviour emerged during an employment tribunal which heard about orgies attended by the two men and prostitutes (The Daily Mail)
  2. Montgomery Tomlinson redundant workers angry over pay – Curtain warehouse staff are angry they will not receive their last month’s pay after being made redundant. Employees at Montgomery Tomlinson near Broughton, Flintshire, are now making claims for redundancy payments (BBC)
  3. London minicab driver sacked for calling gay couple “dirty” and throwing them out of cab –  A driver for London’s largest minicab firm Addison Lee has lost his job for calling a gay couple “dirty” and ejecting them from his car for holding hands. The incident occurred on the early hours of Thursday morning outside of G-A-Y Late in Soho (Pink News)
  4. Boss of multi-million pound vegetable wholesaler thought it was ‘entirely acceptable’ for her staff to call black worker ‘golliwog Brian’ –  The owner of a multi-million pound firm failed to stop her staff calling another employee ‘golliwog Brian’ because she did not think there was anything wrong with the nickname. Amanda Miles, 40, ‘tolerated a culture of racism’ at her fruit and vegetable wholesaler, an employment tribunal found (The Daily Mail)
  5. Chippy midwife loses ‘bullying’ tribunal – A midwife who claimed she was punished by NHS managers after revealing working practices she believed put patients at risk has lost an employment tribunal. Louise Westwood said she was wrongly accused of bullying after reporting concerns at the Cotswold Maternity Unit in Chipping Norton (The Banbury Guardian)
  6. NHS spends more than £1 billion on redundancy payouts – Nearly 1,000 health workers have received six-figure exit deals in the past year, with 157 managers and other senior staff receiving more than £200,000 — a 50 per cent rise on the previous year. Some officials have received golden goodbyes of £600,000 as part of the Government’s ongoing restructuring of the NHS (The Telegraph)
  7. Councillor returns pending High Court appeal – A banished councillor has had his disqualification from office suspended pending a High Court appeal. Mostyn councillor Patrick Heesom was told at the end of an employment tribunal in July that he would be banned from serving as an elected representative for two-and-a-half years (New North Wales)
  8. Woman with bowel disorder wins HSE discrimination case – A woman with a serious bowel disorder has been awarded 70,000 euros (£59,882) by an employment tribunal in the Republic of Ireland. The medical secretary at University Hospital Limerick took the case against the Health Service Executive (HSE) West (BBC)

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