Employment law stories in the news – 16.05.2022 to 22.05.2022

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 16 May 2022 and 22 May 2022

  1. Police officer wins £12,000 after colleague called him Dolly Parton – A police officer sued for sex harassment after his colleague called him ‘Dolly Parton’ because he only worked nine to five (EssexLive)
  2. IT expert, 36, loses age discrimination claim against the BBC after he claimed he was turned down for a job because he was not ‘geeky’ enough – The judge threw out the 36-year-old’s case as he said Mr Orior did not explain how not being ‘geeky’ had anything to do with age or created a ‘disadvantage’ (DailyMail)
  3. Former Labour MP Mike Hill ordered to pay £434,000 to employee he sexually assaulted – Mike Hill, who was the MP for Hartlepool in north east England, was found to have infringed the Equality Act by sexually harassing and then sacking one of his former workers (Independent)
  4. London casino cashier wins £74,000 compensation after being excluded from work drinks – Rita Leher, 51, took Aspers casino in Stratford to tribunal after she said she felt “shunned” by colleagues who organised a work outing in front of her, to which she was the only one not invited, at Las Iguanas (Evening Standard)
  5. M&S worker sacked while off sick after being told to work weekends – She has now been awarded £15,344.99 in compensation after the tribunal found she was discriminated against and there was no evidence ‘whatsoever’ to show a further month absence would cause M&S ‘any difficulty at all’ (Metro)
  6. ‘Toxic’ London Law Firm White & Case Accused of Forcing Out Grieving Lawyer – A senior lawyer accused law firm White & Case LLP of being a “toxic” place to work alleging he was fired after suffering from mental health issues triggered by his wife’s death from cancer (Bloomberg)
  7. Senior executive at health supplement firm who claimed to be ‘hypersensitive’ to 4G and Wifi and refused to work in office because it affected her ‘spiritual energy’ loses disability discrimination tribunal – The Chief Operations Officer ordered special salt lamps which she believed would ‘absorb Wi-Fi radiation’ using company funds, but her boss refused to pay and she was left feeling ‘ridiculed’, an employment tribunal heard (DailyMail)
  8. Swindon Greyhound whistleblower awarded thousands at tribunal – Former deputy racing manager Kiaran O’Brien said that concerns he’d raised about possible race-fixing at the Abbey Stadium, as well as issues brought up over the welfare of greyhounds, led to his dismissal from the company (Swindon Advertiser)
  9. Basildon worker awarded £19k for ‘unfair dismissal’ – A sacked restaurant worker has been awarded £19,000 after being dismissed for “playing mobile games during working hours” (Echo News)
  10. Teenage ambulance worker, 18, whose ‘bullying’ boss subjected him to a torrent of homophobic abuse, complained she ‘couldn’t stand’ gay staff and called him a f*****g f****t wins £20,000 discrimination claim – Liam Gallimore, now aged 20, of Hereford, told an employment tribunal that managing director Sue Hill-Venning complained she had too many gay staff and said: ‘I can’t stand them’ (DailyMail)