In the latest of our series on employment law stories in the news, we’ve got some interesting cases for you this week. There’s several discrimination cases (involving – variously – sexual harassment, and race discrimination), unfair dismissal and the Scottish Affairs Parliamentary Committee’s inquiry into blacklisting on construction sites.

  1. Blacklisting “may not be a thing of the past” – The interim report of the Scottish Affairs Parliamentary Committee’s inquiry into blacklisting on construction sites disagrees with Coalition claims that blacklisting is a thing of the past (The Institute of Employment Rights)
  2. Liberian man claims he wasn’t offered a job by Virgin Atlantic because of his African name – A graduate has told an employment tribunal that he was discriminated against by Virgin Atlantic because of his African name (The Independent)
  3. Commerzbank ‘victimised’ employee over discrimination case, tribunal rules – A City banker was “victimised” by her bank after it discovered she was suing her former employer for sexual discrimination, a tribunal has ruled. (The Guardian)
  4. Tribunal rules in favour of Laurieston firefighter – Fire chiefs have been criticised after a female firefighter was found to be unfairly dismissed (The Falkirk Herald)
  5. Christian woman sacked after Islamist harassment granted application to appeal – A Christian worker who was dismissed from her job at Heathrow Airport has been granted permission to challenge a ruling by an employment tribunal which left her without any rights under employment law (Christian Concern)
  6. Venue staff win tribunal battle over wages – An employment tribunal has awarded more than £10,000 in unpaid wages to three staff members of the Brixton Club House, the south London venue that recently hosted a revival of Boy George musical Taboo (The Stage)
  7. Chef with nut allergy can claim disability discrimination – A Kidderminster chef at one of the most historic inns in the West Midlands has been told he can go ahead with a compensation claim for disability discrimination against his employers – because he is allergic to nuts. (The Kidderminster Shuttle)
  8. Sellafield contractor loses unfair dismissal case – Simon Mattinson, 47, took Gabre UK Ltd to an employment tribunal in Carlisle yesterday claiming constructive unfair dismissal. But a panel, led by Judge John Nichol, ruled unanimously that Mr Mattinson, who worked at the plant for 30 years as a charge hand scaffolder, did not suffer a fundamental breach of contract (Newsand Star)
  9. Woman awarded £12,293 for sexual harassment at work – A woman who suffered sexual harassment at work has been awarded £12,293 by an industrial tribunal (BBC)
  10. Firms “ignoring” employment law – some small Jersey businesses are ignoring basic principles of the employment law according to a review conducted by well-known employment lawyer Darren Newman (BBC)

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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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