In the latest of our weekly posts on employment law stories in the news, we take a look at more redundancies at key banking and legal organisations, a couple of unfair dismissal cases and the success of a gay black police officer in the upholding of his claims in the Employment Appeal Tribunal for harassment and victimisation

  1. RBS accused of ‘brutality’ as it announces 1,400 more redundancies – Another 1,400 Royal Bank of Scotland employees are set to lose their jobs after the bank announced more redundancies (The Express)
  2. Sacked driver claims taking fuel was a perk of the job – A tanker driver who was accused of stealing up to 180 litres of fuel in a month has taken his case for unfair dismissal to the Employment Tribunal after he was sacked for gross misconduct (This Is Guernsey)
  3. Royal British Legion uses gagging clauses in contracts – The Royal British Legion is using so-called gagging clauses in contracts for some staff leaving the charity, the BBC have revealed. There was a media storm over the last few months after it was revealed that staff departing the NHS were “forced” to sign compromise agreements which contained “gagging” orders (BBC)
  4. Gay black police officer was victimised, employment tribunal rules – A gay black police officer who claimed he was the victim of racist and homophobic bullying by some of his colleagues in the Metropolitan Police has had his claim upheld at an appeal (The Islington Tribune)
  5. Bus driver handed £60,000 from ex-bosses who sacked him unfairly when he developed diabetes – A double decker London bus driver who was unfairly sacked from his job after developing diabetes has been awarded almost £60,000 in damages (The Mail Online)
  6. Christian telesales employee tells tribunal he objected to ‘lying’ to make sales – A Christian telesales worker has told an employment tribunal that being required to lie to potential customers to make sales was against his beliefs (Personnel Today)
  7. Seeing red over Virgin blouse wars – Virgin Trains’ female staff have complained to management after they were issued “flimsy” and “revealing” red blouses. The blouse, which is a new uniform for female staff, was criticised as being too revealing as it would allow passengers to see dark-coloured underwear underneath (The Guardian)
  8. Osborne Clarke puts 13 senior fee earners on redundancy consultation – Osborne Clarke has entered into a two week consultation programme with a view to cutting 13 senior associates from its books in a drive to implement greater cost control (The Lawyer)
  9. Rise in cancer patients facing discrimination at work – There has been a rise in the number of people living with cancer experiencing discrimination at work – despite the introduction of the Equality Act, according to Macmillan Cancer Support (Macmillan Cancer Support)
  10. Mum sacked for being pregnant says Money Station ruined her life after refusing to pay damages – Katie Cox has yet to see a penny of the £16,000 compensation a tribunal decided she was entitled to, meaning she has had to move back in with her parents (The Daily Record)

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