Employment law cases in the news – 23.11.2015 to 29.11.2015

redmans-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law cases in the news, we take a look at nine employment law cases that have made headlines between 23 November 2015 and 29 November 2015

  1. Senior police officer settles alleged discrimination case – One of Northern Ireland’s most senior police officers, who missed out on a top job, has settled an alleged discrimination case. Will Kerr’s employment tribunal against the Northern Ireland Policing Board was due to be heard next week. (The Belfast Telegraph)
  2. Roofing firm fined after worker injured by machinery – Roofing and insulation firm IKO Plc has been prosecuted after a worker suffered arm injuries while at work. Graeme Myers, 48, from Belper, who was self-employed, was lubricating a chain on an auto-plant machine at Prospect Quarry in Matlock on 2 July 2014 when he reached over a fence at the end of the machine. The machine was still running and the pusher block used to transport empty trays moved forward striking his arm (HSE)
  3. Firearms officer Nadeem Saddique wins discrimination case – A firearms officer who guarded Tony Blair and members of the Royal family was victimised because he is Asian, an employment tribunal has ruled. PC Nadeem Saddique, from Stockton, Teesside, alleged he was forced out of Cleveland Police’s firearms unit and resented by colleagues (BBC)
  4. Tribunal hears claims of discrimination at Great Western Hospital – A judge has suggested Carillion lawyers effectively ghost wrote the report of an internal investigation about allegations of discrimination at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital. The claim came midway through the employment tribunal into the allegations (This is Wiltshire)
  5. Coventry man accuses council employers of bullying and harassment – A Coventry family man who was awarded an MBE for services to religious organisations and community relations, complained he was bullied and harassed while working for a Midland council. Deepak Naik, aged 44, of Stoke, Coventry made the accusations as he made a legal claim for disability discrimination against Birmingham City Council at Birmingham Employment Tribunal (The Coventry Telegraph)
  6. Shifnal nursery assistant in unfair sacking claim – A nursery assistant complained she was unfairly sacked after denying she “inappropriately restrained” a three-year-old toddler following a dispute over his cap. The alleged incident is said to have happened at the Hopscotch Nursery and Out of School Club at Shifnal Primary School (The Shropshire Star)
  7. Construction firm fined after Worker Suffers Cement Burns – A construction firm was fined after a 54-year-old employee suffered severe cement burns to his knees while laying concrete flooring. Sefton Magistrates’ Court heard that on the 26 November 2014, an employee of DLP Services (Northern) Limited, kneeled in wet concrete to manually finish the concrete flooring being laid in a domestic bungalow. The cement burns to both his knees resulted in 12 days hospitalisation and ongoing treatment (HSE)
  8. Derbyshire NHS worker called a “whore” by her boss set for compensation payout – A former Derbyshire NHS worker who won an employment tribunal after it ruled her boss called her a “whore” is in court today at a hearing to decide how much compensation she will receive. Helen Marks was “harassed” by a senior official in a bid to “violate her dignity and create an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating and offensive environment for her”, an industrial tribunal ruled (The Derby Telegraph)
  9. Banker Who Sheltered in London During Greek Crisis Sues Firm – A former National Bank of Greece executive said he was harassed for warning that his firm risked breaching regulations on valuations, confidentiality and money laundering and was alienated for “sheltering” in London during the Greek financial crisis (Bloomberg)
  10. Metal firm fined after worker was killed by a crane – A company who specialise in metal and alloy products has been fined after a worker was killed when he was struck by a load on a moving crane. Sheffield Crown Court heard how an employee of ATI Speciality Materials Limited, Sheffield, was assisting in the moving of a crucible from a re-melt furnace (HSE)