Employment law stories in the news – 04.05.2020 to 10.05.2020

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 have made headlines between 4 May 2020 and 10 May 2020

  1. Vicar fails in racial discrimination claim against ex-Bishop of Bristol – A vicar unsuccessfully brought a claim of racial discrimination against a former Bishop of Bristol (Bristol Post)
  2. Married maintenance man, 50, wins harassment case after much younger single mum pestered him for sex – A married man has won a harassment case after a female colleague ‘many years his junior’ repeatedly pestered him for sex, messaged his wife telling her to imagine him cheating on her and threatened to get him fired if he reported her (The Mail Online)
  3. UEA lecturer awarded £55k compensation for unfair dismissal – A former University of East Anglia lecturer who claimed to be the victim of sex and race discrimination has been awarded more than £55,000 compensation after an employment tribunal found she was unfairly dismissed (EDP24)
  4. Court declines to ban vexatious LiP from complaining about lawyers – The High Court has rejected an attempt to ban a vexatious litigant from making any complaints about lawyers to legal regulators (The Law Society Gazette)
  5. Judge orders former American boss of The Weinstein Company to submit evidence to UK tribunal investigating sex assault allegations after he claimed he didn’t have to because he was in the US – A former board member of Harvey Weinstein’s film studio has been ordered by a British judge to submit evidence to a tribunal investigating sex assault after he claimed he didn’t have to because he lives in the US (The Mail Online)
  6. Wilko faces legal case over unequal pay for women – Two female workers are taking legal action against Wilko over what they allege was three years of unequal pay (Wilko)
  7. UK oil firms ‘grappling’ between redundancies and furlough scheme – Oil and gas firms are “grappling” between pu- tting workers on the government’s coronavirus furlough scheme or going straight to redundancies, according to experts (Energy Voice)
  8. Air steward sued BA over claim boss called him hot on Grindr – A culture of sexual affairs between members of British Airways staff has been revealed by a manager who said that they happen all the time (The Times)
  9. European court issues ‘worker’ status clarification in Yodel tribunal case – The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has provided clarification around how ‘worker’ status is defined under EU law, but has stopped short of making an official ruling on a case involving the employment status of a Yodel courier in the UK (People Management)
  10. Manufacturer fined after an agency worker was dragged into a press roller – Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that on 19 June 2019, an agency worker at E.G.L. Homecare Limited suffered a severe crush injury to his arm as he attempted to remove dirt from a press roller at the address on Campfield Road, Shoeburyness (HSE)