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In the latest of our series on employment law stories in the news, we take a look at employment-law related headlines which have hit the media over the last week. This includes a pastry chef sacked over non-kosher jam, a town crier who refuses to be quiet and threatened Employment Tribunal claims against the UK legal ombudsman.

  1.  Black worker awarded £27,000 after hearing colleague referred to as golliwog – Delivery driver Roy Morgan became upset after his colleague was given a series of racist nicknames. Brian Ennis, who worked for a fruit and vegetable wholesaler in Gloucester, was referred to as ‘golliwog Brian’ and ‘black Brian’ to distinguish him from a white colleague of the same name, according to his employers (The Telegraph)
  2. Sir Paul Judge threatens ENRC with countersuit over leak claim – Lawyers acting for Sir Paul are expected to issue a counterclaim against ENRC after it last week filed a lawsuit accusing him of disclosing confidential information to the media. Sir Paul said today he would “vigorously” defend himself against the claims by the FTSE 100 company, where he sat on the board for six years before leaving last month (The Telegraph)
  3. Golders Green pastry chef sacked over non-kosher jam wins pay-out – A pastry chef, sacked after he used non-kosher jam while working at a kosher bakery, has won a big compensation payout after employment judges ruled he had been victimised and unfairly dismissed. Cake decorator, Toufik Benali, was dismissed from Carmelli Bakeries Ltd, in Golders Green, north London, after bosses said he had committed a “gross infringement of religious rules” by using strawberry jam from Tesco in June, 2011 (The Hendon Times)
  4. Sacked town crier refuses to be quiet in fresh council row – A town crier sacked following claims he was drinking while in uniform has annoyed his old bosses by turning up to a Yorkshire Day event in full regalia. Award-winning Skipton town crier Kevin Griffiths was sacked by the town council in September following “numerous complaints” about his behaviour (The Yorkshire Post)
  5. Teacher who tried to claim £1.2million for racial discrimination is jailed for hiding her criminal record when applying for a job at a school – A teacher who claimed £1.2 million after winning a racial discrimination claim has been jailed for two years for hiding her criminal record when applying for a post at a school. Samantha Burmis, of Bellman Avenue in Gravesend, was sentenced in her absence at Maidstone Crown Court today. The mother-of-four had denied obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception and perverting the course of justice, but was convicted of both charges last month (The Mail Online)
  6. Mandarins face sack after refusing to answer tax questions – Senior officials across Government who are paid through agencies or personal service companies have ignored instructions to prove they pay the appropriate level of income tax and National Insurance contributions (The Telegraph)
  7. The UK’s first Legal Ombudsman hit by tribunal challenge over 25 Birmingham job losses – The UK’s first Legal Ombudsman’s office set up to handle lawyer complaints has been hit with its own legal challenge – over 25 Birmingham job losses. The office in Centenary Square is at the centre of a union storm over proposed job cuts less than three years after it opened in late 2010 (The Birmingham Mail)
  8. Welsh umbrella under Charity Commission inquiry makes all staff redundant – A charity umbrella body supporting recycling organisations in Wales, which is under statutory inquiry by the Charity Commission over substantial loss of charitable funds resulting from loans and investments, has made all its 16 staff redundant (Civil Society)
  9. Trouble-hit Manor Residents’ Association ordered to pay out £6,000 after another job tribunal – An under-fire charity has been ordered to pay a former employee £6,000 after a judge ruled she had been unfairly axed from her job. Sharon Henderson won a tribunal for unfair dismissal against Hartlepool’s Manor Residents’ Association which employed her as a support worker for people with personal problems (The Hartlepool Mail)

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