Employment cases in the news – 26.01.2015 to 01.02.2015

redmans-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law-related cases in the news, we take a look at ten employment law-related cases that have made the news between 26 January and 1 February 2015

  1. Dismissed nursing home pair get €40,000 – A nursing home has been ordered to pay two women a total of more than €40,000 after dismissing them from their jobs when it was discovered they had convictions (The Irish Herald)
  2. Ex-victims’ charity boss called colleague ‘fat b*****’ and ‘Castle Catholic’, tribunal told – The sacked former boss of Victim Support NI called a senior colleague a “fat b*****” and a “Castle Catholic”, it has been claimed (The Belfast Telegraph)
  3. Claims of ‘rotten’ food being fed to marines in Angus – Elite marines at RM Condor were served rotten eggs and “dangerous” reheated meals that could have caused food poisoning, a tribunal has heard. The shocking claims were made at the employment tribunal for John McLeod, who was dismissed by Aramark, the catering firm operating at the military base near Arbroath (The Courier)
  4. Ex Weeton army medic to take MoD to employment tribunal – A former army doctor who says he was fired after he questioned the official verdict on the death of weapons expert David Kelly has been given permission to take the Ministry of Defence to an employment tribunal (The Blackpool Gazette)
  5. Umpires claim unfair dismissal in employment tribunal – Cricket umpires are used to having their decisions challenged, but two English Test match umpires are preparing to do the same to their former employers as they claim unfair dismissal and age discrimination at the hands of the England and Wales Cricket Board (The Sunday Times)
  6. Kent brewer in court over injury to worker – Britain’s oldest brewery business – Shepherd Neame – has been prosecuted for safety breaches after a 21 year-old agency worker lost a finger in an unprotected machine (HSE)
  7. Sports manager quit Staffordshire University after raising problem of campus thefts – A sports manager who quit her job after accusing colleagues at Staffordshire University of being involved in corruption and fraud has won legal claims against her former employer (The Stoke Sentinel)
  8. Erith man with spine condition wins tribunal meaning he does not have to find work – An Erith man with a “crumbling spine” has overturned a government ruling over whether he is fit for work. On Thursday (Jan 22) a tribunal upheld Simon Tupper’s claim that agonising spinal problems mean he is unfit for work, contrary to the government’s insistence he attend interviews (The News Shopper)
  9. Sacked by soccer sexists: Victory for football club sales girl axed over rumours of affair with star striker who faced no action – A woman has won her claim for sexual harassment and sex discrimination against Port Vale football club after she was sacked in 2011 over allegations that she had slept with one of the club’s players (The Daily Mail)
  10. Rape crisis centre closes after staff were bullied and intimidated – A rape crisis centre where a board member threatened and intimidated staff has closed down after being ordered to pay out almost £20,000 at an employment tribunal. Central Scotland Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre in Stirling is understood to be in the process of entering liquidation after failing to take action over the treatment of its staff (Herald Scotland)