Employment law stories in the news – 23.05.2022 to 29.05.2022

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 23 May 2022 and 29 May 2022

  1. Shameless Lidl manager claimed he swiped £16k from till to ‘expose’ security loopholes then took bosses to court for unfair dismissal – Thadsoruban Theivendram, who is in his 30s, was fired after police raided his home and found the missing money in various Lidl marked cash bags in his bedroom (Manchester Evening News)
  2. Black single mother teaching assistant who was banned from WFH during Covid-19 pandemic wins race discrimination case after less-qualified white colleague was allowed to – When Ms Balogun questioned why a white, less qualified assistant was given permission to work from home, the deputy head terminated her contract the Isle of Dog school (DailyMail)
  3. Sacked Seighford Hall caretaker gave away £5m Tudor carving – A rare Tudor carved panel was removed from a listed building because a caretaker had thought it to be rotten and “riddled with wood worm and dry rot,” an employment tribunal has heard (BBC News)
  4. Care worker claims he was discriminated against after his female boss described him as being ‘half a man’ for driving an automatic car – But an employment tribunal dismissed all of his claims, ruling they either did not happen or were not serious enough to be classed as discrimination (DailyMail)
  5. Woman wins £20,000 after sleazy and obscene harassment at ice cream company – In a case backed by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Ms McFarland said she experienced sexual harassment over a long period of time by Remo Di Vito, a supervisor, who is also a member of the extended family who own Morelli’s (EssexLive)
  6. Khalid Mahmood MP sacked ex-girlfriend ‘for humiliating him’ – Ms Cohen claims she was in a relationship with the 60-year-old while employed by him but it ended in 2005 when she refused to become his “second wife” in an Islamic marriage ceremony (BBC News)
  7. Pregnant HR worker wins £9,000 payout after she was refused pay rise because she was due to go on maternity leave in four months – Laura Musguin felt as if she was ‘not worthy of a pay rise simply because she was growing a human’ after she was denied the ‘low’ £2,000 salary increase (DailyMail)
  8. Nurse fired for taking too much time off with migraines wins tribunal – An NHS nurse has won a disability discrimination case after she was fired for taking too many days off work due to persistent migraines (CoventryLive)
  9. Woman fired when she was on maternity leave wins £20,000 – A waitress with PTSD has won almost £20,000 after she was harshly sacked while she was on maternity leave (KentLive)
  10. Company manager invented claims she’s been sexually harassed after being accused of breaking Covid rules by leaving mask at her desk, tribunal hears – Natasha Woolley, who is in her 40s, alleged Stephen Apsey had massaged her back and shoulders and asked if she wore stockings and suspenders (DailyMail)