Employment law stories in the news – 18.07.2022 to 24.07.2022

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 18 July 2022 and 24 July 2022

  1. Royal Mail postman sacked for taking post home and delivering it on his day off – Postie Walacy Ramos had been on his round when he felt under the weather so took the parcels home to deliver in his own time, only to be seen by a colleague and later sacked (The Mirror)
  2. Trans NHS worker wins discrimination case after being ’embarrassed’ by her boss confronting her over ‘concerns’ from staff that she was ‘naked from the waist down’ in shared changing rooms – The transgender woman was also left ‘crying and shaking’ at work after she was told in a note left in her locker to ‘get out you tranny freak’ (DailyMail)
  3. Woman handed £28,000 after she was sacked while sick with fibromyalgia – She was told her performance had been below standard leaving her feeling ‘disposable, worthless and useless’ and worsening her mental and physical health (Metro)
  4. Woman fired 11 days after telling Kettering spa she was pregnant wins £14,000 – After Agata Plewa told Suzanne Peck she was expecting a baby, she received an email addressed to “Dearest Agata” with the director of Homefield Grange saying she was “thrilled” by the news, however, an employment tribunal heard she went on to say the celebrity retreat was facing a downturn and that while Ms Plewa was a “brilliant therapist” she could not guarantee her future employment (NorthantsLive)
  5. Black McColl’s shop manager falsely accused colleagues of making racist claim that Meghan Markle shouldn’t have married Prince Harry because royals should be ‘pure’, tribunal finds – Charles Iseki made a string of unfounded allegations against his co-workers during a tribunal where he was suing his employer for wrongful termination (DailyMail)
  6. Firm to pay £35,000 to paralegal sacked after surgery – The tribunal previously heard that he joined the firm in 2017 on a probationary period but began to suffer severe stomach pain soon after and was later diagnosed with viral gastroenteritis (The Law Society Gazette)
  7. Woman sued NHS because she was compared to Mr Miyagi for how she killed a fly – A Sikh NHS worker has twice failed to convince a tribunal she was subjected to racial discrimination when a colleague compared her nimble execution of a fly to a scene from 1980s martial arts flick Karate Kid (Metro)
  8. Waiter at gentlemen’s club Brooks’s loses unfair dismissal tribunal after claiming he was made redundant because he accused male colleague of making ‘sexual passes’ at him – He was made redundant as the business tried to recover post-lockdown last year but claimed managers had been unfairly biased against him, after he complained about a fellow waiter making ‘sexual passes’ at him (DailyMail)
  9. Prison worker sacked while off sick for a year with stress wins £135,000 – Mark Edwards was signed off work for 330 days due to stress after his grievances against managers were not dealt with, an employment tribunal heard (WalesOnline)
  10. SFO loses appeal over ‘unfair’ sacking of Unaoil case controller – The Serious Fraud Office has lost an appeal over its former Unaoil case controller’s unfair sacking in the latest setback for the beleaguered watchdog – the day after it was slammed by a retired High Court judge for ‘fundamental’ failings (The Law Society Gazette)