Employment law stories in the news – 04.07.2022 to 10.07.2022

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 July 2022 and 10 July 2022

  1. ‘Now other women are free to say what they believe’: researcher who lost her job over transgender tweets – After the landmark tribunal ruling in her favour last week, Maya Forstater reveals the toll the case took – and explains why it was worth it (The Guardian)
  2. Oxford University vicar wins £40k after sacking for allegedly bungling child sex abuse allegation – The Reverend Dr James Lawson was dismissed for gross misconduct for failing to follow the correct procedures after he was approached by a survivor of historic mistreatment (WalesOnline)
  3. Cash Converters manager wins £50,000 payout over ‘oppressive’ letter from boss – Gemma Cairns was horrified by the ‘harsh’ letter from Garry Lowes, which branded her demeanour ‘disrespectful, undermining, arrogant, privileged and wholly unacceptable’ (Metro)
  4. Non-binary official removed from case on LGBT teaching in primary schools over fears of bias – Edward Lord, who is a member of the City of London Corporation and prefers to be referred to as “Mx” and “they”, was removed from the case involving Kristie Higgs because of fears they may be affected by “unconscious bias” (GB News)
  5. West London teacher ‘sacked’ after ‘beating’ child with ball in PE lesson – Mr Peter Trevelyan was two days into his supply teacher role at Thomas’s Academy in Fulham when he ‘assaulted’ one or more pupils with a ball (My London)
  6. Cleaner at Tralee Rest Home in Whitstable threatened with dismissal for being pregnant – A care home cleaner who was booted out of a staff WhatsApp group and threatened with dismissal for being pregnant has won a £24,000 payout (KentOnline)
  7. Sacked deputy town clerk upset so many colleagues they nicknamed him ‘Martin Mugabe’ – Mr Bond reduced co-workers to tears during his four-month stint at a quiet Welsh town council, employment tribunal hears (The Telegraph)
  8. Edinburgh Real Foods ordered to pay former employee almost £30,000 – An employment tribunal found that Real Foods Ltd had failed to recognise that Fibromyalgia, an incurable condition that causes severe, chronic pain, is a recognised disability and firms must take steps to support workers (The Herald)
  9. Former GP trainee in legal dispute with HEE after dyslexia ‘robbed’ him of career – Former GP trainee Dr Vashishtha said he has been ‘fighting a lengthy legal battle with NHS lawyers who have been paid hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money to crush’ him (Pulse)
  10. Stolichnaya exec who objected to 30% staff pay cut wins £1.6m at tribunal – Vlad Zabelin was chief investment officer at SPI Spirits UK, which sells the Russian vodka brand Stolichnaya until he was sacked in a phone call with Yuri Shefler, a Russian billionaire who owns parent company, SPI Group, based in Luxembourg (Personnel Today)