Employment law stories in the news – 30.08.2021 to 05.09.2021

In the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news, we take a look at ten employment law-related stories that have made headlines between 30 August 2021 and 5 September 2021

  1. Man sacked after trying to claim £60,000 in expenses – A highly paid senior executive was sacked after attempting to claim three years’ worth of expenses receipts which he had kept in a shoebox (Metro)
  2. Waiter unfairly dismissed after ‘puerile’ boss ‘burped in his face’, tribunal rules – An employment tribunal has ruled that a waiter at an Italian restaurant was unfairly dismissed after his boss swore at him, saying “take your f***ing money and f***ing go” (People Management)
  3. PI claim to proceed despite tribunal settlement – The High Court has allowed a PI claim to be pursued by an employee against his former bosses – even though the parties settled an employment tribunal claim over the same matter years previously (Law Society Gazette)
  4. Equal pay: Sainsbury’s concedes shop floor and distribution centre roles can be compared – Sainsburys has acknowledged that its shop floor employees can be compared to their colleagues in distribution centres, as the supermarket sector’s legal fight against equal pay claims takes another tentative step towards a resolution (Personnel Today)
  5. Tribunal rules student wrongly believed she was employed by firm – A judge has told a Polish law student that, as she did not have a working relationship with an east London firm, she cannot bring a claim against it (Law Society Gazette)
  6. Cleveland Police officer seeking £500k payout after force discriminated against him due to disability – A Cleveland Police officer is seeking over £500,000 from the force after his attempts to become a Chief Inspector were stifled due to his disability (Gazette Live)
  7. Pregnant worker wins £30,000 after boss joked about how much weight she’d put on – A marketing director has won a discrimination pay-out after her boss joked about how much weight she would gain while pregnant (Metro)
  8. British Red Cross employee was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against, tribunal rules – An employee at the British Red Cross was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against on grounds of disability, according to an employment tribunal (Third Sector)
  9. The Met ‘considers plans to introduce gender-neutral uniforms’ – The Metropolitan Police – Britain’s biggest force – is considering plans to introduce gender-neutral uniforms, it has been reported (Daily Mail)
  10. Sharp rise at employment tribunals last year in race discrimination cases – Race discrimination claims that reached employment tribunals in 2020 rose by about a third, newly released figures reveal (Personnel Today)