In the latest of our posts on employment law stories in the news during the week, we take a look at a lesbian couple who won a discrimination case against a company; Sir Mervyn King laying into bankers; and a mother-of-two winning an unfair dismissal claim for £10,000.

  1. Lesbian couple who suffered ‘cruel and malicious’ bullying win discrimination case – A lesbian former chief executive and her partner have won a sexual orientation discrimination case against a company they both previously worked for (Pink News)
  2. Sir Mervyn King: Public right to be angry – People have “every right to be angry” with banks for the UK’s financial crisis, the outgoing Bank of England (BoE) governor Sir Mervyn King says (BBC)
  3. Landmark ruling in fringe pay dispute – Five actors have won an employment tribunal that ruled they should be paid the national minimum wage for a fringe theatre show, despite the engagement having been advertised as profit share (The Stage)
  4. Employers flout the law and cost taxpayers millions – The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, secured £15,610,924 compensation for members in 2012. The figure represented an increase of 24% compared to the 2011 figure of £12,625,509. The compensation was awarded for successful claims for unlawful deduction of wages, unfair dismissal, breach of contract, constructive dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, age and trade union activity (NASUWT)
  5. Ambulance chiefs spend £100k on front-line redundancies before launching front-line recruitment drive – A cash-strapped ambulance service spent almost £100,000 on making front-line staff redundant before offering employees a £500 payment for recommending candidates to fill front-line roles (EDP 24)
  6. Police force sues its former chief constable for £500,000 after he was sacked – A police force is suing its former chief constable for nearly £500,000 after he was sacked for gross misconduct (The Mail Online)
  7. Fire union claims £83k over treatment of workers – Surrey County Council has agreed to pay an £83,000 out-of-court settlement after failing to support fire and rescue staff involved in a transfer (Get Surrey)
  8. Avon cosmetics manager wins £10,000 damages for unfair dismissal –  mother-of-two from Newcastle has won almost £10,000 in damages from cosmetics company Avon after she was unfairly dismissed from her position (Sky Tyne & Wear)
  9. Head teacher’s nightmare after unfair dismissal over Facebook messages – A former head teacher wrongly sacked after exchanging messages with pupils on Facebook has opened up on his two-year nightmare (Wales Online)
  10. Dundee man awarded “record” £76,200 by employment tribunal – A Dundee man has been awarded what is thought to be one of the highest-ever unfair dismissal payouts by an employment tribunal in Scotland after unfair dismissal solicitors pursued a case on his behalf (The Courier)


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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