Employment tribunal cases in the news – 21.07.2014 to 28.07.2014

MoJIn the latest of our series of posts on employment tribunal cases in the news this week, we take a look at ten cases in the employment tribunal and civil courts that have made the news between 21 July and 28 July 2014.

  1. David Elleray in fresh scandal as referee coach accuses FA panel led by former Premier League official of unfair dismissal – FA referee grandee David Elleray, fortunate to keep his football posts after making a ghastly racist comment to a fellow official, is now involved in another alleged discriminatory issue. Referee coach Martin Cassidy is taking the FA to an employment tribunal for unfair dismissal claiming he has been the victim of disability discrimination by association from an Elleray-led panel that made him redundant after seven years at Wembley (The Daily Mail)
  2. Car tester awarded €47,500 for unfair dismissal – A firm that operates the National Car Test has been ordered to pay €47,500 to a car tester unfairly dismissed by the company. It follows the Employment Appeals Tribunal finding that the decision by Applus Car Testing Services to dismiss Richard Mark Matthews “was unreasonable in all of the circumstances” (The Irish Examiner)
  3. Tribunal rejects Indian doctor’s race discrimination claim against NHS Tayside – A consultant psychiatrist from India was not racially discriminated against when NHS Tayside terminated his contract without explanation. An employment tribunal in Dundee found that Dr AK Sen Gupta’s superior acted unreasonably by not giving full reasons for dispensing with his services (The Courier)
  4. Tycoon sacked his gardener after he snapped Achilles tendon, court told – A wealthy landowner with a £860 million fortune sacked his gardener after he snapped his Achilles tendon and replaced him with his foreman’s son, an employment tribunal has heard. Swiss financier Urs Schwarzenbach and his wife Francesca are facing legal action from former worker Derren Jones (corr), who claims he was unfairly forced out of his job because of his injury (The Telegraph)
  5. Sacked Baby P boss Sharon Shoesmith awarded £680,000 for unfair dismissal – Sharon Shoesmith, who was director of children’s services at Haringey Council when Baby P was killed, has been awarded almost £680,000 for her unfair dismissal claim (The Telegraph)
  6. Woman wants £10k for job suspension – A council employee has said she wants more than £10,000 compensation from Oxfordshire County Council after being suspended from her job. Elishia Meade was wrongly suspended for four months after lodging she made a complaint about being passed over for promotion in favour of a less-qualified competitor, Reading Employment Tribunal ruled (The Oxford Mail)
  7. Drink-drive doc awarded £70k for unfair dismissal – A doctor who was sacked after he was caught driving to work while nearly four times the legal limit is set to pocket more than £70,000 in compensation for unfair dismissal. An employment appeal tribunal has ruled that health chiefs were “too hasty” in firing alcoholic consultant Dr Alan Stockman, despite a history of booze-related problems at work (The Edinburgh News)
  8. Teacher wins unfair dismissal claim against Belfast school – A teacher who was cleared of sexually assaulting a pupil but then sacked by his school has won a claim for unfair dismissal. The man had been accused of hugging a girl and making inappropriate comments at the Belfast school in 2011 (BBC)
  9. UBS Wins Case Over Firing of Drug Analyst in Front-Running Probe – A London judge said UBS AG (UBSN) had the right to fire a senior analyst who discussed rumors about a Sanofi drug with a friend at a hedge fund who may have bet against the company before publishing a report causing its shares to drop (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  10. Catholic officer sues Scotland Yard for ‘religious discrimination’ claiming he was ‘bullied’ by his Protestant boss – A Belfast-born detective is suing Scotland Yard, claiming he was the victim of ‘sectarian’ discrimination by a senior Irish colleague. Detective Inspector Paul Armstrong, a Roman Catholic, alleges his boss Detective Chief Inspector Mark Roycroft, an Ulster Protestant, targeted him because of his religious background (The Daily Mail)