direct 2 lawyers-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news this week, we examine ten stories relating to employment law that have made the news between 2 December 2013 and 8 December 2013.

  1. Black chef suing employers after boss used word ‘golliwog’ during conversation about Robertson’s jam – A black chef is claiming racial harassment after her manager used the word ‘golliwog’ during a conversation about the old label on Robertson’s jam (The Telegraph)
  2. Former Brockworth Primary Academy head teacher claims employment tribunal was a waste of money – A teacher at the centre of an employment tribunal insists expensive court proceedings would have been better spent on pupils. The bullying claims of former Brockworth Primary Academy head teacher Sheila Thomas were dismissed at last week’s tribunal in Bristol (The Gloucester Citizen)
  3. Ex-police officer made more than 70 abusive phone calls – An ex-police officer and council worker who sent a barrage of abusive text messages and made more than 70 calls to a former colleague has been handed a suspended jail sentence (The Express and Star)
  4. Smoking e-cigarettes at work sparks row – In the first case of its type the rights of employees to use e-cigarettes is to be examined in an Employment Tribunal after a worker was sacked for using one at work  (The Watford Observer)
  5. Company boss turned up to work in £178,000 Ferrari a day after 45 staff were made redundant – A company chief has been criticised after he turned up to work in a new £178,000 Ferrari the day after the firm had announced 45 redundancies. Trevor Modell, a consultant and former director at engine makers Lister Petter Ltd, of Dursley, Gloucestershire, drove to the factory in the Ferrari 458 Italia supercar as staff were still reeling from the cuts (The Mail Online)
  6. Factory worker subjected to campaign of racial abuse and discrimination – An employment tribunal found that management at the ConvaTec Limited plant on Deeside Industrial Park not only failed to carry out proper investigations into 45-year-old Chand Singh’s complaints but penalized him for going off sick when redundancies were later being sought (The Daily Post)
  7. Counter offer City trader’s redundancy ‘procedurally unfair’, finds tribunal – A Morgan Stanley trader, who was made redundant following negotiations for a counter offer after receiving another job offer, has failed in his employment tribunal attempt to recover £1m from his former employer (The Recruiter)
  8. Barrister to sue police watchdog for ‘failing to give her a job interview’ – A barrister has been told she can sue the police watchdog for failing to give her a job interview. Natasha Sivanandan claimed race and sex discrimination after applying for an investigator’s job at the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) (The Manchester Evening News)
  9. Garbhan Downey tribunal told council boss ‘victimised’ another employee – A tribunal investigating the sacking of a director at a UK City of Culture firm has been told of a previous case where a council boss victimised an employee (BBC)
  10. Fire boss: ‘Snub for top job made me feel sick’ – An outspoken former north-east fire chief was given the bombshell news that he had been passed over for a top job in the new Scottish brigade as he got ready to drive to his uncle’s funeral (The Press and Journal)


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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