Employment law stories in the news – 27.06.2022 to 03.07.2022

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 27 June 2022 and 03 July 2022

  1. Black worker claims ‘racist’ DHL staff told him to ‘f*** off back to where you came from’ – While working there, Mr Bijou, who is of Jamaican and Indian heritage, alleges that he was racially abused by various DHL employees between October 2017 to September 2020 (Independent)
  2. Pregnant woman called ‘pathetic’ for needing 5-minute break while working New Year’s Day – Anna Burns has been awarded nearly £25,000 in a discrimination case after a judge ruled her “bullying” colleagues at Tralee Rest Home thought she was failing to pull her weight while pregnant (Mirror)
  3. Christian disability assessor who was sacked by the DWP for refusing to call transgender woman ‘she’ takes fight to Court of Appeal insisting ‘compelled speech’ is being enforced on the NHS – Former A&E medic Dr David Mackereth has been fighting for redress since being told he could not be an assessor for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) if he refused to call a trans woman ‘she’ or a trans man ‘he’ (DailyMail)
  4. Foreign Office to pay £423,000 to whistleblowing lawyer who lost job – A prosecutor dismissed from a Foreign Office job after blowing the whistle on suspected corruption in the EU’s biggest foreign mission has agreed a settlement with the UK government of more than £400,000 (The Guardian)
  5. Superdry designer wins £100,000 payout after bosses refused to promote her because they thought she was ‘too old to quit’ and would stay ‘no matter how she was treated’ – Knitwear expert Rachel Sunderland was deemed a low ‘flight risk’ from the company compared to younger members of staff and would stay ‘no matter how she was treated’, an employment tribunal heard (DailyMail)
  6. Swansea University academics sacked for gross misconduct lose unfair dismissal case – Swansea University acted fairly in dismissing two academics for gross misconduct after they failed to declare personal equity stakes in the proposed £200m Life Sciences and Wellness Village project in Carmarthenshire, an employment tribunal has ruled (Wales Online)
  7. Met Police officers who compared Meghan Markle to golliwog in Whatsapp group sacked from force – PC Sukhdev Jeer and PC Paul Hefford were both dismissed after a tribunal found them guilty of misconduct for sharing “vile” sexist, racist and homophobic messages on Whatsapp (London World)
  8. Admin worker wins £15k after bosses demanded she return to office during Covid despite husband’s cancer – An employment tribunal heard she could do the ‘majority’ of her job working from home but bosses insisted she had to go in for ‘fairness and equality’ as they felt she was ‘exaggerating’ the problem with her husband (Wales Online)
  9. Sacked Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale claims the ECB destroyed his career and made him a ‘scapegoat’ after ’embittered’ Azeem Rafiq’s racism claims – and says he won’t co-operate in ‘witch-hunt’ – Andrew Gale has broken his silence on the Azeem Rafiq racism allegations in a emotional 3,500 statement declaring his innocence (DailyMail)
  10. Company with empty Lincoln unit has lost employment tribunals across UK – A former manager at the Fresh, Local and Wild branch in Yeovil told SomersetLive last month that staff hadn’t been paid amid the abrupt closure of that branch (Lincolnshire Live)