Employment law stories in the news – 02.05.2022 to 08.05.2022

In the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news we take a look at ten employment law stories that made headlines between 2 May 2022 and 8 May 2022

  1. Cumbria University marine biologist wins discrimination claim – A university executive gave childcare advice to a pregnant marine biologist before sacking her and saying that she would have good “karma” if she stayed at home with her newborn baby (The Times)
  2. Rail conductor sues West Midland Trains after being sacked for gross misconduct when he was overheard questioning ‘black privilege’ during online diversity training – Simon Isherwood, 60, was dismissed in March last year after he accidentally left his microphone on, meaning his colleagues overheard him criticising the webinar’s contents (DailyMail)
  3. Yorkshire pub landlord Mark Charnley must pay £25,000 to woman he harrassed at work – The unanimous judgement of the tribunal found that he had harassed the claimant and was accused under the Equality Act 2010, and discriminated against her by dismissing her (YorkshireLive)
  4. Finance worker whose boss told her ‘you must have been having some fun lately’ when she revealed she was pregnant wins £15,000 – Bianca King was initially ignored by company director George Dodds when she informed him she was expecting, before he then made the inappropriate comment alluding to her sex life (DailyMail)
  5. R-Tek UK Ltd former employee wins tribunal – A “high performing” manager at a Scottish recycling firm has won his case for constructive dismissal against an employer who was “overtly critical” of the government’s national lockdown (The Herald)
  6. Ukrainian Asda sales assistant wins £63,000 for racial harassment after boss picked on her because he knew her cultural work ethic meant she would not complain – An employment tribunal has found that Svitlana Henderson, who had worked at Asda for 15 years before she resigned, faced a five-month campaign of abuse and harassment as the only non-British member of the team at the store in Accrington, Lancashire (DailyMail)
  7. Former lecturer wins tribunal against University of Northampton to prove that she was unfairly dismissed – Christine Hill, who was a full time senior lecturer in footwear, started working at the university in 2015 before resigning in October 2020 after becoming a target for bullying by a member of staff, the tribunal heard (Northhampton Chronicle)
  8. Jamaican sergeant sues the MoD for racism claiming British Army officers ignored soldiers who used the N-word and the term ‘Umbongo’ in front of him – Sergeant Flloyd Campbell alleges that he suffered continual racial abuse from colleagues during his 11 years in the military, but insists that his claims were either ignored or brushed away (DailyMail)
  9. Probation worker who was absent for 11 months and claimed seniors ‘harassed’ her loses tribunal – The tribunal was not satisfied that Mrs Douglas had been subjected to a detriment by being told that she was likely to lose her job if she was unable to return to work (TeesideLive)
  10. Solicitor unfairly dismissed during cancer recovery awarded £17k – Assistant solicitor Ms Onibere also successfully brought claims for indirect disability discrimination and for breach of contract against Luton-based Rodman Pearce Solicitors, but her claim for direct disability discrimination was thrown out (Personnel Today)