Employment law stories in the news – 21.03.2022 to 27.03.2022

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 21 March 2022 and 27 March 2022

  1. Senior exec at Google who was ‘sacked for harassing two female colleagues at a dinner’ sues internet giant for unfair dismissal after claiming he was actually fired for accusing it of rigging search engine to benefit favored clients – Robin Frewer worked for the Silicon Valley firm for 12 years, rising to be Commercial Director at its London-based travel business until he was fired in 2020 (DailyMail)
  2. Pregnant woman wins £38,000 discrimination case after being unable to scoop ice cream – Abbey Gannapureddy, an ice cream shop worker was demoted, made redundant and had hurtful comments directed at her due to her pregnancy, the employment tribunal heard (Mirror)
  3. Dismissal was part of firm’s fair redundancy process, judge rules – Jean Barends, who had worked at Cambridgeshire firm Adlams Solicitors since 2001, had alleged she was unfairly dismissed and suggested other ‘more sinister’ factors were involved (The Law Society Gazette)
  4. Wales rugby rocked by ‘rape joke’ claims from a former WRU employee that a colleague openly joked about wanting to rape her – and that another compared her to Hitler – amid a ‘culture of misogyny’ – She has now left the organisation and insists she reported several inappropriate incidents to the WRU, but no action was taken (DailyMail)
  5. Doctor banned for drugging colleague with ‘unknown substance’ before having sex with her – Shawn Joseph, who practiced in Nottingham, has been erased from the medical register with immediate effect. He denies the allegations (Mirror)
  6. Lawyer awarded £26k payout from Manchester firm after he was sacked for not working during Passover – Philip Bialick, 43, is forbidden by his religion from working during the first two days of the Jewish holiday, and had booked the time off from his job at NNE Law in Manchester (Manchester Evening News)
  7. Trapped and destitute: how foreign nurses’ UK dreams turned sour – Lawyers and unions condemn scandal of international health workers forced to pay out if they quit their jobs early (The Guardian)
  8. P&O faces legal action over ‘shocking disregard’ for employment law – P&O fired 800 crew members on Thursday and announced plans to replace them with agency staff, citing ‘a £100m loss year-on-year’ and the need to ‘secure the future viability of our business’ (The Law Society Gazette)
  9. Ex-Portsmouth doctor wins unfair dismissal case after being sacked for reporting colleagues at Queen Alexandra Hospital over new technique she claimed was dangerous – Consultant Dr Jasna Macanovic is in line for compensation after being fired for blowing the whistle on the procedure which she believed was putting patients at risk (The News)
  10. ‘Too ready to take offence’: Forstater tribunal hears closing arguments – The case involves Maya Forstater, a feminist who in 2019 lost her role as a visiting fellow at thinktank CGDE after tweeting that people cannot change their biological sex (The Law Society Gazette)