In the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news here’s ten employment law-related cases that have featured in the media in the last week:

  1. Female police officers claims for disability discrimination against the West Yorkshire Police after allegations that they had failed to make reasonable adjustments to her duties – a female police officer has submitted a claim for disability discrimination to the Employment Tribunal after she claimed that her police force had failed to make the necessary reasonable adjustments to her workplace to compensate for her disability (The Unprofessional Standards Department)
  2. Tribunal rules in favour of Laurieston firefighter – an Employment Tribunal found that an experienced firefighter had been unfairly dismissed after she was sacked for gross misconduct in 2011, for the reason that the fire service had failed to show a reason for her dismissal (The Falkirk Herald)
  3. Christian woman sacked after Islamist harassment complaint granted application to appeal – a Christian worker who was dismissed from her job at Heathrow Airport after a complaint made by Islamic colleagues about her behaviour has appealed an Employment Tribunal decision to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (Christian Concern)
  4. Sellafield contractor loses unfair dismissal case – a former scaffold worker at the Sellafield nuclear plant has lost his claim for constructive dismissal in the Employment Tribunal after it was found that no fundamental breach of contract had occurred (News & Star)
  5. Chef with nut allergy can claim disability discrimination – A chef in Kidderminster has been told that he can proceed with his disability discrimination claim after it was ruled that his allergy to nuts constituted a disability under the Equality Act 2010 (The Kidderminster Shuttle)
  6. Apprentice winner Stella English loses case against Lord Sugar – judgment in the well-publicised Employment Tribunal case involving Alan Sugar was published last week, with the Employment Tribunal emphatically ruling in favour of Lord Sugar’s company (The Guardian)
  7. Scotland Yard sacks seven for misusing Facebook and Twitter – the Evening Standard has revealed that seven employees of the Metropolitan Police have been sacked for misusing social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter (The Evening Standard)
  8. Policeman quits over Thatcher tweets – A police officer who reportedly posted a series of offensive messages online following the death of Baroness Thatcher has apparently resigned from the Metropolitan Police (Sky News)
  9. Stobart lorry chief faces contempt trial – the chief executive of Stobart Group, one of Britain’s biggest trucking companies, will go on trial for contempt after a whistleblower partially won a high court case against him and another executive (The Guardian)
  10. Wrong postage on redundancy letters – Staff losing their jobs at the Weymouth Pavilion theatre were asked to pay for their redundancy letters when the council sending them failed to pay the correct postage (BBC)


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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