Employment law stories in the news – 25.04.2022 to 01.05.2022

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 25 April 2022 and 1 May 2022

  1. Tribunal rules Pride warning pastor was subjected to indirect discrimination – A pastor and school caretaker, who said he was forced out of his job over comments about Pride events in a tweet, was discriminated against, a tribunal has found (BBC News)
  2. DPD courier firm unfairly fired London employee who took food from parcels, tribunal rules – A courier giant unfairly fired an employee at its south London depot who took food from unclaimed parcels – because it failed to properly investigate his claim management was encouraging it, a tribunal has ruled (Evening Standard)
  3. Barrister was discriminated against for gender-critical views, tribunal hears – Allison Bailey is suing Garden Court chambers and Stonewall after she was asked by her chambers to delete two tweets criticising the LGBTQ+ charity’s position on trans rights and which Stonewall had complained about (The Guardian)
  4. Catholic police firearms officer wins religious harassment tribunal after he found ‘f*** the Pope’ written on his Celtic coffee mug at work – He discovered the words referencing the leader of the Catholic Church graffitied on the underside of his Celtic Football Club mug and was so upset the officer – part of a unit dedicated to protecting nuclear sites – had to go home from work (DailyMail)
  5. Boss didn’t tell lawyer about redundancy as he ‘didn’t want to disturb her’ breastfeeding – Anastasia Tuchkova worked for former mobile phone tycoon Timur Artemev as a legal project manager before taking maternity leave – only to return to find she no longer had a job (Mirror)
  6. Former adventure park employee gets £4,000 after botched redundancy – Megan Thorne claimed unfair dismissal from Bewilderwood in Hoveton following redundancies there during the coronavirus pandemic (Norfolk News)
  7. Young accountant wins payout over insurance chief’s ‘demanding’ millennial comments – 26-year-old accountant Jay Patel is set to receive compensation for unfair dismissal, after an employment tribunal heard his 69-year-old boss at London insurance firm Lucy A Raymond & Sons said he was “too demanding – like his generation of millennials.” (City A.M)
  8. Judge rules belief in English identity is a protected philosophy in law… but rejects man’s discrimination complaint he was unfairly sacked for not telling bosses he was a member of English Democrats party when he took the job – Graham Moore was suing the London-based Southern Housing Group after he was fired for standing as a candidate for the English Democrats in the December 2019 general election (DailyMail)
  9. Restaurant worker sacked after complaining kitchen was too hot wins payout – Temperatures at PF Chang’s Asian Table in Great Newport Street, London would routinely soar to 43°C, an employment tribunal heard (Metro News)
  10. Whistleblower vet awarded £1.25m settlement and apology from DAERA – This came after concerns she raised about animal welfare and failures in traceability in the meat supply chain were not acted on (BBC News)