Employment law stories in the news – 06.06.2022 to 12.06.2022

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 6 June 2022 and 12 June 2022

  1. Mum who was told “stop faffing” while suffering morning sickness awarded almost £10,000 – Gemma Ferridge-Gunn had told her manager Rosie Caunt that she was suffering from morning sickness while working at Alcedo Orange in Blackpool when she was told to “stop faffing” (Mirror)
  2. Network Rail worker slams bosses after losing sexual harassment case against colleague who messaged her ‘Ready for your big penetration?’ then blamed spellcheck – Ms Farook complained that her colleague Ben Fairburn had harassed her by sending the message, which he claimed had been an auto-correct error and had meant to write ‘presentation’ instead (DailyMail)
  3. Coventry University employee sacked after secretly filming colleagues and singing during meeting with bosses – A Coventry University administrator who secretly filmed colleagues at work has been sacked after acting erratically in the workplace (CoventryLive)
  4. Businessman’s crude sexual remarks to colleague get him slapped with £19,000 bill – Leslie Easton, 78, made a string of sexual comments about administrator Tina Donlon over a period of up to six years while she worked at his family-run double glazing firm (Mirror)
  5. Marketing worker, 22, threatened to falsely accuse her female boss of having secret affair with senior colleague unless she gave her a pay off to leave firm, tribunal hears – In a ‘scurrilous’ attempt to pressure her, the then-22-year-old went on to demand a year’s salary to leave her job after previously having said she would resign following a series of disputes with Ms Blanco over her working conduct (DailyMail)
  6. Police officer sacked for watching porn at work blames own force – After being sacked for gross misconduct, the married police worker argued that he had been unfairly treated because the police should have been better at monitoring his internet use and therefore stopped him sooner (NorthantsLive)
  7. Pakistani Muslim primary school worker loses religious discrimination lawsuit she brought after boss called her a ‘guinea pig’ – The panel concluded Mrs Bell was simply using a new checklist while starting Ms Haroon off in the primary school job and that ‘guinea pig’ was an innocent reference to the fact she was the first member of staff to be inducted using it (DailyMail)
  8. Whistleblower nurse fired after 40-year career ‘vindicated’ as she wins £460,000 payout – Mum-of-two Linda Fairhall, 62, had an unblemished 40-year career when she blew the whistle at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS trust (TeesideLive)
  9. Waitrose employee wins £50,000 payout after being fired over ‘joke’ text – He had a jovial relationship with assistant team manager Matthew Ford, leading him to send the message, ‘I found a knife’ on July 20, an employment tribunal heard (Metro)
  10. Lecturer who claimed he was sexually harassed by two female colleagues at LSE loses £4m case – Dr Piepenbrock alleged that he was harassed by a colleague who went on to subject him to a ‘campaign of vengeance’ (DailyMail)