Employment law stories in the news – 18.11.2019 to 24.11.2019

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 have made headlines between 18 November 2019 to 24 November 2019

  1. Former Citi president takes aim at sacked forex trader – Citigroup’s retired president launched a powerful broadside at the bank’s former currencies head Rohan Ramchandani, questioning the ex-trader’s judgment and common sense (The Financial Times)
  2. Barrister removed from new-breed law firm was not a worker, rules tribunal – A barrister who co-founded his law firm before being removed from the business was not an employee or worker, a tribunal has found (The Law Society Gazette)
  3. Qatari ambassador in London pestered assistant for sex – A personal assistant who was pestered for sex and asked to arrange orgies by diplomats at the Qatari embassy in London has been awarded almost £400,000 (The Times)
  4. Whistleblower surgeon was portrayed as ‘irrational, vexatious and dishonest’ after he raised alarm over deaths at Alder Hey children’s hospital, Appeal Court hears – A whistleblower surgeon was portrayed as ‘irrational, vexatious and dishonest’ after he raised the alarm over deaths at Alder Hey children’s hospital, the Court of Appeal heard (The Daily Mail)
  5. Pernod Ricard sales staff sue Pastis-producing company for ‘making them alcoholics’ – The job seems enviable with get-togethers, festivities and an endless flow of free drinks if you like aniseed. But for one sales representative of Pernod Ricard, the maker of Pastis, France’s beloved, anise-flavoured aperitif, it was all too much. He has taken the company to court for allegedly plying him with so many drinks that he became an alcoholic (The Times)
  6. Taekwondo ‘whistleblower’ Simon Edwards was unfairly dismissed, tribunal rules – A “whistleblower” who alleged that the British taekwondo team was put at risk by dangerous training techniques was unfairly dismissed, a tribunal has ruled (The Times)
  7. Trans people ‘scared to back dissent’, Maya Forstater employment tribunal told – A think tank’s tax researcher was fired after her views about transgender people made colleagues feel uncomfortable, a tribunal was told yesterday (The Times)
  8. NHS worker, 89, sacked over computer skills wins £200,000 in damages – A medical secretary who was fired from her job because she could not use a computer has been awarded £200,000 in damages after suing the NHS for age discrimination (The Metro)
  9. ‘Victimised’ doctor fined by tribunal – A doctor who made a series of unfounded claims that he was the victim of racial discrimination has been ordered to pay £2,500 to the NHS (The Times)
  10. Egg production company fined following Forklift Truck overturned – A Chorley company has been fined after a forklift truck (FLT) overturned on a slope trapping the driver (HSE)