direct 2 lawyers-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news this week, we take a look at a number of employment law cases that have hit the news between 7 October 2013 and 13 October 2013. This includes a former Barclays bank employee fined £3,360 for illegally accessing a customer’s account, the Employment Tribunal panel in John McCririck’s claim retiring to consider their judgment and a former Everton FC coach who has settled his Employment Tribunal claim with the club

  1. Barclays Bank employee prosecuted for illegally accessing customer’s account – A former Barclays Bank employee has been fined £3,360 after illegally accessing the details of a customer’s account. In one case the employee, Jennifer Addo, found out the number of children the customer had and passed the details to the customer’s then partner, who was a friend of Ms Addo (The ICO)
  2. John McCririck tribunal panel retires to consider ‘ageism’ verdict – John McCririck’s legal team sought to cast doubt on the credibility of the evidence given by a senior Channel 4 figure as the hearing into his claim for damages against the broadcaster was brought to a close on Monday (The Guardian)
  3. Reward for failure: Whitehall pays out £250,000 to staff accused of harassment, gross misconduct or being lazy – More than £250,000 has been paid out to four civil servants accused of harassment, breaking safety laws, gross misconduct and not finishing work on time, it emerged today. The spending watchdog uncovered an extra 84 cases where controversial ‘compromise agreements’ where officials were paid off in a reward for failure, on top of 1,000 revealed in June this year (The Daily Mail)
  4. BBC journalist faced discrimination ‘because he was Coptic Christian’ – Said Shehata, 43, claims that he suffered “discrimination, victimisation and unfair treatment” from his managers and editors as a result of his religion (The Telegraph)
  5. Leeds and Partners boss Lurene Joseph accused of bullying – Six former members of staff have submitted a formal grievance against a top Leeds chief executive, accusing her of bullying (BBC)
  6. Kingston Council pays £52,000 to seven former staff members who left by ‘mutual agreement’ – Kingston Council has handed pay-offs to seven former staff members worth an estimated total of more than £52,500 since January, the Surrey Comet has learned (The Kingston Guardian)
  7. Paedophile awarded £30,000 after suing his former employers from his prison cell when they refused to pay him redundancy money –  A convicted paedophile serving time in prison has been awarded more than £30,000 after suing his former employers from his prison cell (The Mail Online)
  8. Police colluded in secret plan to blacklist 3,200 building workers – Police officers across the country supplied information on workers to a blacklist operation run by Britain’s biggest construction companies, the police watchdog has told lawyers representing victims (The Guardian)
  9. Sacked teacher Kim Shaw ‘victimised’, tribunal told – An employment tribunal in Cardiff has heard claims from a sacked south Wales teacher that she was victimised after raising pupil safety complaints. But governors at Pontllanfraith Comprehensive in Caerphilly county borough say there was a “breakdown in relationships” with teacher, Kim Shaw (BBC)
  10. Everton FC coach sacked after Albert Dock fight reaches out of court settlement – An Everton FC coach sacked over a Christmas party bust-up with a female goalkeeper accepted an out-of-court settlement over his dismissal. Academy coach Mick O’Brien was given the red card by Toffees bosses after he and reserve team keeper Danielle Hill clashed on a night out at the Albert Dock (The Liverpool Daily Post)


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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