Employment law cases in the news – 21.09.2015 to 27.09.2015

redmans-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law cases in the news, we take a look at ten employment law cases that have made the news between 21 September and 27 September 2015

  1. Woman awarded £184,000 in UK’s first caste discrimination case – A woman recruited from India to work in Britain and paid as little as 11p an hour has been awarded nearly £184,000 compensation in one of the UK’s first claims of caste discrimination. Permila Tirkey, from Bihar – one of India’s poorest states – was kept in domestic servitude by her employers in Milton Keynes and forced to work as their cleaner and nanny (The Guardian)
  2. Former trader sues Lloyds for unfair dismissal after Libor probe – A former trader at Lloyds Banking Group who was among eight people dismissed after the bank’s settlement for alleged manipulation of Libor interest rates is suing the bank for unfair dismissal, according to a court document (Reuters)
  3. Deutsche Bank Executive Wrongly Fired on `False’ Sex Complaints – A former Deutsche Bank AG executive fired when female colleagues accused him of sexual harassment won a discrimination lawsuit after London judges ruled the women had lied, exaggerated and used lewd language themselves (Bloomberg)
  4. Former Jyrobike boss wins case over unfair dismissal – A former company director has won his case for unfair dismissal after he was removed from his company, Jyrobike, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal. Holywood-based Jyrobike had aimed to re-invent the wheel, allowing young children to learn how to cycle and balance on their bike without the aid of stabilisers (The Belfast Telegraph)
  5. Harrods forced to pay £18,000 to ex-security guard over coffee row sacking – A former Irish Guardsman who claimed that a Harrods director and her PA launched a witch-hunt to have him sacked as a security guard after he stopped them carrying coffee through the luxury department store has been awarded £18,000 by an employment tribunal (The Guardian)
  6. US President Barack Obama’s cousin sues the Met for £400,000 ‘after bullies broke wind beside her desk’ – A cousin of US President Barack Obama is demanding £400,000 from the Met police after claiming colleagues deliberately broke wind beside her desk to make her life a misery. It was part of a campaign of “21st century bullying” that Marie Auma was subjected to when she worked at Southwark police station, a court heard (The Evening Standard)
  7. Cop reports Police Scotland to Crown Office – A serving police officer has complained to the Crown Office about senior figures at the single force failing to comply with an order of an employment tribunal judge (Herald Scotland)
  8. PSNI officer gets £11,250 settlement after discrimination when she returned from maternity leave with disability – A female police officer has received compensation from the PSNI after she was allegedly subjected to disability and sex discrimination at work. The officer, with the help of the Equality Commission, took a case against the police service as a result of her treatment following her return to work from maternity leave and a period of sick leave due to a pregnancy-related disability (The Belfast Telegraph)
  9. Lidl could face legal action over NI wage ‘discrimination’ – Solicitors are exploring the possibility of legal action against a major supermarket because of plans to exclude its Northern Irish workforce from a UK-wide wage rise. The Unite union said that Northern Irish staff working for Lidl are being treated as “second-class citizens”, while the DUP accused the firm of “discrimination” (The Newsletter)
  10. Wiltshire police have promoted just one black officer in the last five years – A West police force has only promoted one black officer in the last five years – and only after he sued it for racial discrimination, it has emerged. PC Ronnie Lungu took Wiltshire Police to an employment tribunal after he was overlooked for the position of community beat manager (The Western Daily Press)