Employment law cases in the news – 28.03.2016 to 03.04.2016

redmans-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law cases in the news, we take a look at five employment law cases that have made headlines between 28 March 2016 and 3 April 2016

  1. Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Hove victimised teacher, tribunal found – A teacher was victimised when he was turned down for a job despite achieving the highest score in part of the interview process. Sam Humber had worked at Cardinal Newman School in Hove since 2009 when he unsuccessfully applied for a history teacher’s job on two occasions (The Argus)
  2. Judge rejects councillor’s racism claim against SNP – A councillor who accused the SNP of racial discrimination after she was removed from a list of approved MSP candidates has had a legal action under employment law rejected by a tribunal judge. Yen Hongmei Jin, who quit the party over her concerns of racism, moved to sue the SNP after her name was taken off the list of approved candidates for this year’s May Holyrood elections last June “without explanation” (Herald Scotland)
  3. Worker falls down service shaft – A company in Derbyshire has been fined after a worker fell thirteen metres down a service riser shaft. Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard how a 36-year-old worker, who was from Romania, was dismantling falsework (a form of temporary structure) in a building that was under construction at Fletcher Development, De Montfort University, Leicester (HSE)
  4. £1.4m Derbyshire NHS sexual harassment scandal put before Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt – The husband of a woman who a tribunal ruled was sexually harassed has written to the Health Secretary with his concern over the £1.4million scandal. Former HR director Helen Marks was awarded £832,711 after the ex-chairman of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Alan Baines, was ruled to have sexually harassed her (The Derby Telegraph)
  5. Reading Rabbi wins settlement after being sacked from synagogue – The woes of a dwindling Jewish synagogue which had to sack its rabbi because the treasurer claimed they could not afford him were laid bare in an employment tribunal. Rabbi Zvi Solomons claimed unfair dismissal when he sued the congregation after discovering that the finances of the group were in fact much more healthy than had been predicted (Get Reading)