Employment law stories in the news – 22.06.2020 to 28.06.2020

In the latest of our series of posts we take a look at ten employment law stories that made headlines between 22 June 2020 and 28 August 2020

  1. Financial whistleblower wins £75k payout in sex discrimination case – An employment tribunal has awarded a £75,000 payout to a female City executive after it heard how she’d been subjected to sex discrimination and had blown the whistle on financial malpractice (Personnel Today)
  2. Trainee accountant sacked after accusing boss of ‘mansplaining’, tribunal hears – A trainee accountant at one of the world’s biggest firms was sacked after accusing her boss of ‘mansplaining’ when he asked her to wear smarter clothes to work (The Telegraph)
  3. Company director fired after divorcing colleague was victim of marital discrimination, tribunal finds – A woman who was fired from her role as company director after her divorce from another employee was the victim of marital discrimination, a tribunal has ruled (People Management)
  4. Former officer claims racism forced her out of Met police – A former officer for the Metropolitan police has lodged two claims with an employment tribunal against the force, citing a hostile and “racist” work environment that forced her to resign (The Guardian)
  5. Slough Children’s Services Trust discriminated against worker – The trust that runs Slough’s children’s services discriminated against an employee, an employment tribunal found (BBC)
  6. Judges eye pensions windfall as govt consults on rules – The Ministry of Justice is consulting on rule changes for the Fee-Paid Judicial Pension Scheme in response to a string of court cases, which could see some 4,600 judges receive backdated pension contributions (FT Adviser)
  7. Estate agent won £40,000 payout for pregnancy discrimination by her Cornwall employer – An estate agent who represented herself in an employment tribunal won a payout of over £40,000 after it was found that her employer discriminated against her because she was pregnant (Cornwall Live)
  8. Former BPP employment law lecturer successfully sues for unfair dismissal – A former BPP employment law lecturer has won an employment tribunal claim against the university (Legal Cheek)
  9. Hampstead vicar loses ‘marriage discrimination’ battle over sacking from St John’s, Downshire Hill – A former vicar of a Hampstead Church has lost a legal battle after claiming it was “marriage discrimination” which saw him sacked (Ham High)
  10. Seven in ten whistleblowers are victimised or forced to quit despite laws to protect them, research finds – Seven in ten employees who blow the whistle on workplace harassment or illegal behaviour in the City are victimised, sacked or forced to quit despite new laws to protect them, research has found (The Telegraph)