Employment law stories in the news – 09.05.2022 to 15.05.2022

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 9 May 2022 and 15 May 2022

  1. Calling a man ‘bald’ is sexual harassment, employment tribunal rules – Tony Finn – who is in line for compensation – had worked for the West Yorkshire-based British Bung Company for almost 24 years when he was fired in May last year (The Guardian)
  2. Manx medic unfairly dismissed over whistleblowing, tribunal finds – Dr Ranson made a number of disclosures between April 2020 and March 2021 about concerns over patient safety, governance, and failures within the DHSC to pass on expert advice to ministers to shut borders sooner (BBC News)
  3. WHSmith worker wins £25,000 after boss says she must bring daughter into work – In 2018, Jacqueline Keating was the sole carer for her eight-year-old daughter and had asked to not work on weekends because she wouldn’t be able to arrange child care for her (Mirror)
  4. Dumbarton food bank worker sacked after row over priest’s affair wins £8k pay-out – An employment tribunal ruled that Caroline Marsland was unfairly dismissed, but found that disclosures about the clergyman’s relationship a “vulnerable” woman was not the principal reason (Glasgow Live)
  5. Police Scotland pays out nearly £1m to ex-officer over sexism case – The force’s chief constable, Iain Livingstone, has also apologised to Rhona Malone, who quit the force’s firearms unit in Edinburgh where misogynistic abuse and bullying were rife (The Guardian)
  6. Couple win unfair dismissal claim after they were made redundant from kitchen appliance supplier just two months after being furloughed during first Covid lockdown – Lorry driver David Pointon and sales administrator Jessica Thursfield took kitchen appliance supplier Swift Electrical Wholesalers to an employment tribunal after being made redundant (DailyMail)
  7. Asda apologises as worker awarded £62k after resigning in tears following racial harassment – An employment tribunal judge ruled that Svitlana Henderson was targeted due to her nationality and ultimately was constructively unfairly dismissed from her role (LancsLive)
  8. Woman demoted and told to ‘look for another job’ because she was pregnant – A woman has won a discrimination case after her boss told her to “look for another job” when her pregnancy left her unable to perform some physical parts of her job (Manchester Evening News)
  9. Tribunal dismisses racial discrimination claims against dance label R&S Records – Raj Chaudhuri, who acted as a talent scout, sued the label last year, saying he was discriminated against, unlawfully dismissed, and victimised (BBC News)
  10. British Olympic fencer’s wife says he made her redundant as ‘act of revenge’ after she reported him for money laundering at his Hatton Garden jewellery business and stealing £90,000 from his disabled brother – At the preliminary hearing judgement into her unfair dismissal case released today her lawyers also said he misrepresented the value of his businesses to fool investors and stole £91,500 from his brother, care home resident John Belson (DailyMail)