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 eight employment tribunal cases that have made the news between 10 February 2014 and 16 February 2014.

  1. Usdaw wins justice for former Barratt’s workers who were unfairly made redundant – Trade union leader John Hannett has welcomed this week’s Employment Tribunal decision in favour of former Barratt’s workers who were unfairly made redundant without the legally required consultation by management and administrators (USDAW)
  2. Union acts over sacked convenor – Unfair dismissal proceedings are being pursued on behalf of a sacked union convenor at the Grangemouth petrochemicals complex, the scene of a bitter industrial dispute last year. Unite says Mark Lyon was dismissed for not stopping the union from commenting over fears of job losses at the plant. Now the union says it has started employment tribunal proceedings on behalf of Mr Lyon against owners Ineo (Herald Scotland)
  3. Tribunal fire officer was not given a pay rise because ‘of an oversight’ – A senior fire officer said every effort was made to help a former fire fighter return to work, after he had made grievance claims against two colleagues. Tristan Jones, a former officer is claiming unfair dismissal from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, and told an employment tribunal that ‘culture of abuse’ exists within the service, if people bring problems to the attention of senior officers (The South Wales Evening Post)
  4. Devon health boss Dr Paula Vasco-Knight suspended after ‘nepotism’ tribunal – A hospital boss has been suspended from her job after being criticised by a tribunal over whistle-blowers who accused her of nepotism. South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said chief executive Dr Paula Vasco-Knight would be suspended during an investigation into her actions (BBC)
  5. HGV driver loses claim for unfair dismissal – A former HGV driver at Middleton’s biggest employer has failed in an unfair dismissal claim against his former bosses. At an employment tribunal last week John Reeves claimed staff at the former Middleton Two Wincanton warehouse were forced out after Eddie Stobart took over a distribution contract for Tesco in March 2010 (The Manchester Evening News)
  6. Royal Shrewsbury Hospital misled employment tribunal judges – Hospital officials tried to “deliberately mislead” an employment tribunal about the sacking of a whistle-blower who highlighted asbestos dangers at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, judges have ruled (The Shropshire Star)
  7. 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” (Wigan Today)
  8. Lesbian wins case over discrimination – UNISON members in the North East have secured a double win at a tribunal. Care assistant Ms S won her claim of unfair dismissal and discrimination because of sexual orientation. Her manager, who supported her throughout, won a claim of unfair dismissal and victimisation (UNISON)


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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