Employment law stories in the news – 04.10.2021 to 10.10.2021

In the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news we take a look at ten employment law cases which made headlines between 4 October 2021 and 10 October 2021

  1. Boss told worker ‘you need sausage’ and showed her ‘tight’ underwear on Zoom – A senior finance boss was sacked for exposing his ‘tight’ underwear to a female colleague on a lockdown Zoom call. Married father Philip Taylor was reported by his shocked co-worker for ‘deliberately’ lowering his laptop camera to reveal his light-coloured pants and the flesh of his thigh and groin (Metro)
  2. Fox’s biscuit factory worker who was sacked for attacking a colleague wins disability discrimination and unfair dismissal claim after a tribunal rules he was suffering from a ‘diabetic rage’ – A factory worker who was sacked for attacking a colleague has won a disability discrimination claim after a tribunal ruled he was suffering from ‘diabetic rage’. Piotr Dytkowski became enraged when colleague Lucas Ulvenmoe made comments about his lateness and gave him a ‘look’ on December 4, 2018 (Daily Mail)
  3. Disability charity unfairly dismissed nurse, tribunal concludes – A disability charity has been ordered by an employment tribunal to pay thousands of pounds to a nurse it unfairly dismissed. A Cardiff Employment Tribunal ordered Leonard Cheshire to pay Mrs M Peiu slightly more than £3,000 after a claim of “ordinary” unfair dismissal succeeded, newly published documents show (Third Sector)
  4. Female gun cop victimised by Scots police chiefs amid horrific sexist workplace culture branded ‘absolute boys club’ – A female gun cop was victimised by colleagues amid a horrific workplace culture branded an “absolute boys club”, a job tribunal found (The Scottish Sun)
  5. Sexist ‘boys’ club’ culture in armed police unit, rules tribunal -The culture in an armed policing unit within Police Scotland was “horrific” and an “absolute boys’ club”, an employment tribunal has found. It accepted evidence of a “sexist culture” in the armed response vehicles unit (ARV) in the east of Scotland (BBC)
  6. Weinstein Assaulted Woman in London’s Savoy Hotel, Suit Says – Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually assaulted one of his employees at London’s luxury Savoy Hotel, according to details of lawsuits that shed light on some of the claims the disgraced Hollywood mogul faces in the U.K. (Bloomberg)
  7. Ex-Uber driver takes legal action over ‘racist’ face-recognition software – An Uber driver who lost his job when automated face-scanning software failed to recognise him is accusing the firm of indirect race discrimination in a legal test case (The Guardian)
  8. Vet fired for confronting boss who said Covid was over-hyped and flouted rules – A vet fired after challenging her boss over ignoring the first national lockdown was unfairly dismissed, a tribunal has ruled. Charlotte Rendina refused to carry out a number of procedures the day after restrictions were announced last March (Metro)
  9. ‘Vulgar and sexist’ WhatsApp texts ignored by bosses, says ex Met detective – A former Metropolitan Police detective has accused Cressida Dick and Priti Patel of ignoring warnings of ‘vulgar and sexist’ Whatsapp messages in a group chat of Met officers and contractors (The Independent)
  10. Nurse sues hospital over ban on wearing a cross – A nurse is suing a London hospital for discrimination because she claims that administrators bullied her to remove or cover up a Christian cross necklace (The Times)