Employment law cases in the news – 24.07.2017 to 30.07.2017

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 have made headlines between 24 July and 30 July 2017

  1. Christian magistrate in gay adoption row set for legal battle with NHS bosses – A Christian magistrate who lost his job and then his role as an NHS director for speaking out against adoption by same-sex parents will this week sue NHS bosses claiming political correctness can prevent Christians holding public posts (The Telegraph)
  2. Christian Hospital Worker Punished for Sharing Faith Loses Again in Court – A Christian therapist in England who was suspended after being accused of evangelizing to a Muslim colleague has suffered another loss in court (The Christian Post)
  3. Companies fined after workers exposed to asbestos – Three companies have been fined a total of more than £1m after workers were exposed to asbestos while refurbishing a school in Waltham Forest. Southwark Crown Court heard that on 24 July 2012 a worker removed part of a suspended ceiling in one of the ground floor refurbished rooms at St Mary’s school and identified suspect asbestos containing materials. Asbestos fibres were subsequently found in numerous areas in the school (HSE)
  4. Sacked bakery manager in fight to get £112K tribunal award – The sacked manager of a Salford bakery is battling to get his former employers to pay out the £112,000 awarded to him by an employment tribunal which ruled he was unfairly dismissed. The tribunal ordered Hallmartin Ltd, trading as M H Bakery, to pay the money Bert Breach, 69, in May, 2013 (The Business Desk)
  5. Perth College chiefs to quit after damning jobs tribunal – Two senior figures at a university college are to leave their posts after a judgment that they conspired to unfairly dismiss a staff member who was later awarded more than £33,000 (The Times)
  6. Black judge in Lutfur Rahman case sues for race discrimination – A black judge is suing the lord chief justice and a former lord chancellor for race discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case (The Times)
  7. Supreme Court rules employment tribunal fees are unlawful – The Supreme Court has ruled that workplace tribunal fees are unlawful, forcing the Government to repay more than £27m forked out by employees for cases around unfair dismal, discrimination and other workplace issues since July 2013 (The Independent)
  8. Company fined after worker fell from water treatment vessel – A Water treatment system manufacturer has been sentenced after a worker sustained head and arm injuries after falling 3.5 metres from a water treatment tank (HSE)