Employment law cases in the news – 12.06.2017 to 18.06.2017

In the latest of our series of posts on employment law cases in the news, we take a look at ten employment law cases that made headlines between 12 June and 18 June 2017

  1. ‘Aggressive’ Gwynedd GP bullied, harassed and intimidated practice manager – A long-serving GP practice manager who claimed to have been bullied, harassed and intimidated by one of her bosses was unfairly sacked, a tribunal has ruled (The Daily Post)
  2. Anti-corruption cops abused confidential line by calling with bogus tip-offs about uniformed officers – Anti-corruption cops rang a whistleblower hotline with bogus tip-offs about uniformed colleagues, it is claimed. Sources say detectives abused the confidential reporting system to boost the number of officers they were required to investigate (The Scottish Sun)
  3. Judge and principal blast college nepotism scandal – A senior manager at the country’s biggest college group was somehow permitted to interview and appoint her own husband to another top post, in a situation that a judge described as being “quite extraordinary” (FE Week)
  4. Refuse workers win ‘Landmark Victory’ against Veolia in overtime pay case – Unite, the UK’s largest union, has hailed an employment tribunal ruling last week over the failure of Veolia Environmental Services to incorporate overtime pay into annual holiday pay for its refuse workers as a ‘landmark victory’ (Resource)
  5. Capita call centre chap wins landmark sex discrimination lawsuit – A Capita man working in a Telefonica call centre has won a sex discrimination lawsuit against the outsourcing giant after bosses threatened him with a pay cut if he took paternity leave (The Register)
  6. Company fined after the death of worker – A North East based contractor Pyeroy Ltd has been fined due to failings in their work at height rescue planning (HSE)
  7. Solicitor wins unfair dismissal and indirect sex discrimination claims – A ‘highly regarded’ court of protection solicitor with 22 years of experience has been awarded more than £90,000 after being unfairly dismissed by Switalskis. From 2009 to 2014 Susan McKendry had been employed at Langley’s – eventually becoming a partner – until the firm lost a legal aid contract. This resulted in its court of protection team being acquired by the York branch of Switalskis (Solicitors Journal)
  8. Former employees win case against Mark Group – but failed company will not pay compensation – Former employees of the collapsed Mark Group are understood to be furious the failed company will not have to pay out a penny in compensation, despite a judge finding in their favour (The Leicester Mercury)
  9. Company fined after worker suffers serious burns – Two companies have been fined after a worker suffered extensive burns to his face, arms and hands as a result of an electrical incident (HSE)
  10. Disgust as tax bosses sack yet another Dundee worker over disability – A major Dundee employer has been branded “disgusting” after another of its workers was sacked over her disability. Type 1 diabetes sufferer Alison Doran, 50, is the latest in a line of HMRC workers to receive a payout after being discriminated against by bosses at the tax agency (The Evening Telegraph)