Employment law stories in the news – 04.04.2022 to 10.04.2022

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 4 April 2022 and 10 April 2022

  1. ‘Bully’ head midwife who called overweight women ‘bloaters’ and ‘whales on a bed’ loses employment tribunal for unfair dismissal after being sacked when she reduced junior colleague to tears – ‘Bully’ Jennifer Stillman created an ‘awful atmosphere’ on the ward at Basildon Trust University Hospital as she also made derogatory comments about her fellow staff, the panel heard (DailyMail)
  2. Solicitor mother of triplets unfairly dismissed by British Gas – An in-house solicitor with British Gas who felt regarded as ‘less focused’ because she was a woman with triplets has won her claim for sex discrimination (The Law Society Gazette)
  3. Woman terrified of catching Covid-19 at work and giving it to her husband with cancer wins unfair dismissal case – An admin worker has won her unfair dismissal case after bosses demanded she return to the office at the start of the pandemic despite isolating because her husband had cancer (CambridgeshireLive)
  4. Former East Northants Council HR boss to claim unfair dismissal at employment tribunal – Aime Armstrong, who was the authority’s HR boss for nearly nine years until June 2019, will appear at a preliminary hearing later this week which is set to last three days (Northhamptonshire Telegraph)
  5. P&O Ferries chef accuses bosses of sacking him because he is British as he launches £76million lawsuit for unfair dismissal after he was one of 800 workers fired over Zoom and replaced with cheaper foreign agency staff – John Lansdown, who joined the company as a 16-year-old trainee, was working as a sous chef on The Pride of Canterbury when he was sacked ‘out of the blue’ (DailyMail)
  6. Lecturer who brought porn to college is banned from teaching – Michael Drew had “thousands” of pornographic images on the campus and made numerous lewd comments about female colleagues and students, a tribunal heard (WalesOnline)
  7. Sacked Debenhams workers win £350,000 legal battle as lawyers warn P&O next – Sacked Debenhams workers win £350,000 legal battle as lawyers warn P&O next (Daily Record)
  8. BT engineer who was sacked after angrily calling a female driver a ‘silly cow’ and ‘squaring up to her’ during a fit of road rage loses unfair dismissal claim – Colin Aldred shouted a ‘torrent of foul language’ at the woman following a near-miss, for which she apologised for immediately, while driving his work BT Openreach van (DailyMail)
  9. Unite lodges employment tribunal claim against council over suspension of bin workers rep – Unite has accused the council of ‘shamefully victimising’ union representative Pete Randle (Coventry Telegraph)
  10. Cleveland Bridge employee and union rep ‘acted dishonestly and in bad faith’ over false asbestos claims to health chiefs – His claim that he was unfairly dismissed has been thrown out by a tribunal judge following a hearing last year (TeessideLive)