Employment cases in the news – 29.09.2014 to 05.10.2014

redmans-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment cases that have made the news between 29 September and 5 October 2014, we take a look at ten cases related to employment law that have made the news between 29 September and 5 October 2014.

  1. Deutsche Bank Manager Sues Over Firing for Sexual Remarks – A Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) executive, fired over allegations he sexually harassed female colleagues, said in a lawsuit that he was the one who suffered discrimination. Konrad Joy, the chief operating officer in the global risk department before being fired in 2013, told a London employment tribunal that the bank accepted accusations against him that were false or exaggerated without a proper investigation (Bloomberg)
  2. Derbyshire police officer claims racial and disability discrimination – A Malaysian-Chinese female police officer is taking Derbyshire police to an employment tribunal over claims she suffered racial and disability discrimination. Soo Richardson says she is dyslexic and trained with fellow officers with similar difficulties and, although they were provided with adapted laptop computers to help them when filing witness statements, she was not (Derby Telegraph)
  3. Former Pannone partner brings discrimination claim against firm – Several Slater & Gordon partners, including legacy Pannone managing partner Emma Holt, have been named as respondents in a two-week unfair dismissal hearing that is due to begin on 20 October at Manchester Employment Tribunal. The claims relates to legacy firm Pannone, which merged with Slater & Gordon in February (The Lawyer)
  4. Sacked headteacher wins her fight to be paid original salary – A headteacher who was sacked for gross misconduct only to be reinstated in a different role has won the right to continue being paid her original salary. Teresa Mooney, a former head at Park Primary, Alloa, will receive an extra £22,669 a year in her new post as an access to education officer (Herald Scotland)
  5. David Orbison withdraws final employment tribunal claim against regulator over £100,000 costs fear – Orbison tells the tribunal that the Charity Commission ‘has used its economic might to bully me into this position’. David Orbison, the former Charity Commission case worker who took the regulator to an employment tribunal, has withdrawn his final outstanding claim because he feared being ordered to pay more than £100,000 of the commission’s costs if he lost (Third Sector)
  6. Dudley sales manager loses out on £20k tribunal claim – A £40,000 a year West Midlands group sales and marketing director who claimed he was owed £20,000 in unpaid bonus and commission payments has been awarded less than £3,000 (Dudley News)
  7. Death in paradise daughter wins unfair dismissal case – A grieving daughter, fired for an outburst on social media about the murder of her father, has won her case for unfair dismissal. Zoe Bennett, whose dad Errol from Preston was hacked to death during a holiday in the Caribbean in 2011, has been awarded a five-figure sum in compensation from the Jamaican Tourist Board (Lancashire Evening Post)
  8. An employment tribunal for a campaigner dismissed from Whipps Cross Hospital has been adjourned until January – The employment tribunal for a woman once crowned a ‘champion’ of Whipps Cross Hospital has been adjourned. Charlotte Monro, a former moving and handling coordinator at the Leytonstone hospital, was dismissed in 2013 after 26 years of service (The Guardian Series)
  9. Treasury ordered to pay £142,000 to ‘whistleblower’ former civil servant – The Treasury has been ordered to pay £142,000 to a former senior civil servant after refusing to carry out a previous tribunal’s ruling that he should be found another job. David Owen, the department’s former head of national insurance policy, was awarded the money this week after the Treasury declined to re-employ him. He was forced to leave his job after accusing colleagues of trying to secretly kill off a proposal by David Gauke, a Treasury minister (The Guardian)
  10. NHS whistleblower accuses health trust bosses of bullying – A NHS whistleblower at England’s biggest mental health trust told an employment tribunal how she was targeted by bosses after raising concerns of a culture of poor practice. Psychologist Dr Hayley Dare allegedly received a threatening letter warning her “you cannot beat us” (BBC)