direct 2 lawyers-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment tribunal cases in the news this week, we take a look at ten employment tribunal cases that have made the headlines between 3 February and 9 February 2014. This includes a Birmingham City Council official who has won a claim for unfair dismissal, a constructive dismissal claim after allegations of appalling behaviour at an independent boys school, and a former Burton Albion employee making various claims in the Employment Tribunal

  1. City council official wins unfair dismissal case – A Birmingham council official who was sacked after being accused of keeping a vulnerable pregnant woman in a rehabilitation centre against her will and failing to arrange medical help for another, was unfairly dismissed, an employment tribunal ruled (The Birmingham Mail)
  2. South Devon health trust seeks legal advice after nepotism tribunal – A troubled Devon health trust board is seeking legal advice following a tribunal verdict that it failed to properly investigate allegations of nepotism against its chief executive (The Western Morning News)
  3. Public school boys ‘skinned live cats’ and ‘beat younger pupils with belts’, tribunal hears – A pupil at a £30,000-a-year public school stoned wild birds, skinned live cats and humiliated younger boys, a former teacher has claimed. Rachel Ashley, a former housemistress at Oratory School in Oxfordshire – the UK’s only independent all-boys Catholic school – told a tribunal how the appalling antics were apparently condoned by the headmaster of the school, who allegedly said “boys will be boys (The Telegraph)
  4. Former Ludlow clerk who won claim will not get her job back – The decision to go with a cash settlement rather than reinstate former Ludlow Town Council clerk Veronica Calderbank was made behind closed doors last week, but it was made public at a full council meeting last night (The Shropshire Star)
  5. Soldier appeals for greater damages after sergeant’s racist insult – A former soldier claiming damages for racist slurs from an army sergeant was not the victim of ‘very serious’ abuse, Ministry of Defence (MoD) lawyers have claimed. African-born William Kemeh, 34, from Aldershot, is claiming compensation from the MoD after he was called ‘dumb’ and told to ‘shut up’ with a reference to the colour of his skin by a senior NCO and, separately, by a civilian butcher while serving as an Army private in the Falklands (Get Hampshire)
  6. Police forces face age bias payouts – Five police forces could face paying out millions of pounds after a successful age discrimination claim by officers forced to retire after 30 years. A number of test cases were taken to tribunal on behalf of 250 officers who were pushed out amid 20% budget cuts (The Belfast Telegraph)
  7. Football club forced to pay £19,000 to ex-stewardess – Bartley Green Football Club, which play at Illey Lane, Halesowen, is to pay a sacked stewardess nearly £19,000 after Birmingham Employment Tribunal decided she had been unfairly dismissed. Mrs Julie Isham had made her unfair dismissal claim against the club after eight years as stewardess (The Halesowen News)
  8. Social worker sacked after teen died gets five-figure sum – A social worker who was sacked following the tragic death of a troubled teen has won a five-figure pay-out from Wigan Council. Whistleblower Ciaran Kennedy said “social worker X” was made a scapegoat following the death by hanging of Poppy Bracey in 2010, despite “wider systemic failings” (The Leigh Reporter)
  9. Telford whistleblower wins sacking tribunal – A project manager has won a legal claim for unfair dismissal after making a whistle blowing disclosure about the dangers of asbestos at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (The Shropshire Star)
  10. Burton Albion worker accused of bursting into dressing room, sending one player ‘private pictures’ and having a fling with another – A 46-year-old admin worker at Burton Albion FC has been accused of constantly bursting into the club’s dressing room while the team were changing and admitted having a casual affair with one player while sending another ‘private’ pictures of herself. Kerry Miller worked in a sales and support role at the Pirelli Stadium for two years before quitting last year – claiming constructive dismissal, sexual discrimination and harassment against the League Two hopefuls at an employment tribunal (The Mail Online)


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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