direct 2 lawyers-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment tribunal stories in the news this week, we take a look at ten employment tribunal cases that have made the news between 31 March 2014 and 6 April 2014.

  1. Top PCSO fell seriously ill after battle with bosses over ‘coconut’ slur – An award-winning police worker had three heart attacks after she was disciplined for allegedly using the term ‘coconut’ about an Asian colleague. PCSO Shazia Awan, 42, fell seriously ill last month following a bitter dispute with her bosses over the allegation, which she strenuously denies (The Manchester Evening News)
  2. Former McInerney chief’s €1m unfair dismissal claim fails – Former McInerney Holdings managing director Barry O’Connor has failed in his €1 million unfair dismissal case against the building group on the grounds that he was too late in bringing the claim (The Irish Times)
  3. Legal claims in Employment Tribunal against ‘Scrooge’ care firm – Legal claims are being lodged against a “Scrooge” care company amid claims that it failed to pay staff the legal wage and holiday pay. Apex Companions Ltd, trading as Apex Care, has a contract with Hampshire County Council to care for hundreds of disabled and frail elderly people in their own homes (Daily Echo)
  4. Police officer tells employment tribunal: ‘There has been a cover-up’ – The Metropolitan Police have not learned the lessons of the Macpherson report, a black female officer who has taken the force to an employment tribunal said today.The 1999 report into the investigation into the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence branded the Met “institutionally racist” (Asian Image)
  5. West Midlands Police facing age discrimination claims from 500 retired officers – More than 500 former officers have lodged legal cases against West Midlands Police after being forced into early retirement. The force could now be hit with a multi-million pound bill for unlawfully curtailing the careers of its most experienced cops (Birmingham Post)
  6. Muslim couple take Morrisons to tribunal for ‘refusing holidays during Ramadan’ – A married Muslim couple have taken Morrisons to an employment tribunal after claiming they were refused holidays during the holy month of Ramadan. Donna Tunkara, 32, and her husband Yassin, 31, brought the claim against the Bradford-based supermarket giant, where they worked for eight years at its warehouse in Stockton-on-Tees (Yorkshire Post)
  7. Derby shop manager in Employment Tribunal wages claim – A Judge has given the owners of a Derby fashion business a deadline to respond to a legal claim for unpaid wages by a former shop manager or face the possibility of losing the case. The ultimatum of April 14 was given by Birmingham Employment Tribunal judge George Alliott as he tried to identify who were the correct respondents following a legal claim for unpaid wages by Ann Patel (Derby Telegraph)
  8. 999 ambulance call handler who sued bosses over hot-desking could take his legal fight to Europe – A 999 operator who sued his bosses because he was not allowed his own desk is considering taking his legal fight to Europe – after top judges threw out his case. Nathan Roberts, who has an anxiety disorder, claims that a hot-desking policy introduced by the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) forced him to resign because he would suffer panic attacks after finding colleagues in his preferred seat (The Manchester Evening News)
  9. Line manager’s St Patrick’s Day jibe leads Employment Tribunal to uphold racial harassment claim – The employment tribunal decision in Brown v Young & Co’s Brewery plc is a good example of how a line manager’s racial stereotyping, even if done in general banter, of an employee can lead to a finding of race discrimination. In this case, the line manager made a comment to a black employee who was wearing a comedy hat for St Patrick’s Day that he would not have made to a white colleague and an award of £1200 in comp for injury to feelings was made (Netzerschwartz’s blog)
  10. Ex Radio Clyde DJs win claim for unfair dismissal – Former Radio Clyde overnight show presenters Adrian Coll and Kevin Cameron – whose shows were broadcast throughout Scotland – won what was described as a groundbreaking case three years after their dismissal by the station’s owners Bauer. The company had contested Mr Coll and Mr Cameron’s claims, saying they were freelance DJs (Herald Scotland)

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