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 a number of reports concerning redundancies in workplaces, an accident at work claim over an earring, and a discrimination case involving a sauna, among others.

  1. Earring woman in £1m damages claim – A manager is suing her employers for more than £1m because she received back injuries picking up an earring (BBC)
  2. Redundant Hovis workers leave bakery – Hundreds of Hovis workers will leave a factory in Birmingham on Wednesday ahead of its full closure next month (BBC)
  3. New BBC director-general Tony Hall says severance payments will be capped at £150,000 – Tony Hall, the new BBC director-general, has proposed capping severance payments at £150,000 following the furore over the £450,000 paid to his predecessor George Entwistle (The Telegraph)
  4. Hotel manager sacked for opening gay sauna awarded unfair dismissal compensation – A former hotel leisure centre manager, who was sacked after he opened a gay sauna, has been awarded over 25,000€ (£21,000) in compensation (Pink News)
  5. Heathrow security workers sacked for stealing entrance fee money for VIP lounge popular with David Beckham and Rihanna – Two Heathrow airport security workers have been fired for allegedly stealing the entrance fee for the exclusive VIP lounge used by leading celebrities (Mail Online)
  6. MPs call for new body to regulate workplace pensions – MPs have called for a new regulator to look after workplace pensions. They argue that existing problems will be worsened by the fact that there are now three regulators overseeing the industry (The Independent)
  7. Airline seeks redundancies in cost-cutting bid – AER Lingus is seeking 100 voluntary redundancies as part of an overall cost-analysis project, as it announced a revenue rise in the first three months of 2013 (Belfast Telegraph)
  8. Identities of staff who ‘exchanged lewd pornography’ sought by sacked Bank of Ireland manager – The identities of dozens of Bank of Ireland employees, managers and top executives, alleged to have exchanged lewd pornographic e-mails, are to be sought publicly in a fight by a sacked manager to retain his reinstated status (The Independent)
  9. Redundancy for editor after Twitter campaign fails – A weekly editor who was told his role is to be made redundant the day after his paper posted a 2.1pc sales rise has today officially left his post after a Twitter campaign to save him failed (
  10. Catholic midwives win appeal over abortion case – Two Roman Catholic midwives have won a legal battle to avoid taking any part in abortion procedures (BBC)

Stay tuned next week for more employment law news!


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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