It’s that time of the week again where we look at the week’s employment law stories that have been in the news. In no particular order:

  1. Harlem Shake librarian “sacked”  – a librarian at Oxford University has apparently been sacked after a “Harlem Shake” video was filmed on library premises whilst they were on duty
  2. Formby teacher dismissed for “gross misconduct” still no closer to clearing her name – a former teacher has had her case for wrongful dismissal sent back to the Employment Tribunal by the Court of Appeal after she was dismissed in 2008 for allegedly manhandling a pupil
  3. City banker fired for suing former employer for sex discrimination – a City banker is pursuing her former employer, Commerzbank AG, for unfair dismissal after she was sacked in 2012 for pursuing an Employment Tribunal claim for sex discrimination and constructive dismissal against Deutsche Bank
  4. Dismissed Midlands lecturers to take their case to tribunal – Four maths lecturers dismissed by Halsowen College are to take their case of unfair dismissal to the Employment Tribunal after they were sacked in December 2012
  5. Dolly genius “stole idea to clone sheep” – The scientist who cloned Dolly the sheep (Professor Ian Wilmut) hijacked the idea for the experiment from his staff, claimed Dr Prim Singh. Dr Singh issued claims for unfair dismissal and race discrimination after leaving his employment in 2012.
  6. Gagged NHS whistleblowers will be allowed to speak out – Sir David Nicholson has stated that former potential whistleblowers in the NHS will be allowed to speak out about their potential protected disclosures
  7. “Shares 4 Rights” proposals blocked by the House of Lords – The House of Lords has voted against the Government’s proposed employee-shareholder plans, with 232 peers voting against and 178 peers voting in favour of the proposals. The legislation will now go back to the House of Commons.
  8. Preston Council head wins £68,000 payout – a former manager at Preston Guild Hall has been awarded a £68,000 payout at a Tribunal after being made redundant by Preston Council
  9. Kidderminster pizza shop owner loves Tribunal claim – a Kidderminster electronics engineer has lost his Employment Tribunal claims for discrimination after he received text messages from his employer which he deemed to be racist
  10. Payout to teachers after school becomes an academy – Twenty-eight teaching staff at a secondary school have received a payout from Cornwall Council after it failed to provide the necessary information when the school took on academy status
  11. Hairdresser sued after stating he would only take on fat, lesbian or gay stylists – a Company Director who threatened to employ “only gay, fat and lesbian” stylists has been sued for sexual orientation discrimination in the Employment Tribunal by former staff members

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