Employment tribunal cases in the news this week – 02.12.2013 to 08.12.2013

MoJIn the latest of our series of posts on employment tribunal cases in the news this week, we take a look at employment tribunal cases that have hit the news since 2 December 2013. This includes a barrister who is suing a police watchdog for failing to give her a job interview, a former town clerk who has won her claim for constructive dismissal and an Employment Tribunal case over the use of the word “golliwog”

  1. Barrister to sue police watchdog for ‘failing to give her a job interview’ – A barrister has been told she can sue the police watchdog for failing to give her a job interview. Natasha Sivanandan claimed race and sex discrimination after applying for an investigator’s job at the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) (Manchester Evening News)
  2. Former Ludlow town clerk wins her unfair dismissal fight – Veronica Calderbank quit her role at Ludlow Town Council in June last year, claiming she was left with no choice after being asked to work long hours without a break, despite councillors knowing she had a crippling back problem (The Shropshire Star)
  3. Aberdeen leisure chief wins pay-out of £26,028 – A former leisure boss is in line for a £26,028 pay-out after three judges ruled he was forced to quit his job with Aberdeen City Council. Tom McNeill, 57, resigned in 2006, claiming he was the victim of a “witch-hunt” after he complained about two managers romping at work (The Evening Express)
  4. Quinton plasterer seeks payout after job loss – A plasterer from Quinton is among 12 redundant workers hoping for a share of £60,000 compensation being sought by a union after losing their jobs in the decorating and renovation trade (Halesowen News)
  5. Legal fight won by vicar from near Tenbury – The path has been cleared for a vicar, who claimed he was forced out of his job by a four-year hate campaign, to ‘sue God’ having won a key legal fight. The Rev Mark Sharpe says he is “immensely relieved” after a judge ordered his case should be reheard at an employment tribunal (Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser)
  6. Bank must pay €60k compo to ex-worker ‘driven to resign’ – The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) found the bank’s conduct towards commercial officer, Sinead Gough, had driven her to resign from her job at the bank’s Dungarvan branch. It ruled that Ms Gough of Ballykerogue, Stradbally, Co Waterford, was constructively dismissed by Ulster Bank and awarded her €57,540 compensation (The Irish Examiner)
  7. Former stewardess takes Bartley Green FC to tribunal for unfair dismissal – A former stewardess at Bartley Green Football Club has made a legal claim against the club for unfair dismissal. The club was warned at Birmingham Employment Tribunal that there could be penalties against them whether or not they win their case against Mrs Julie (Worcester News)
  8. RNLI settles with former Financial Director ahead of employment tribunal – The RNLI has reached a settlement agreement with Mark Hallam, the charity’s former finance director, who sought to bring a claim to Employment Tribunal for constructive dismissal (Civil Society)
  9. Counter offer City trader’s redundancy ‘procedurally unfair’, finds tribunal – A Morgan Stanley trader, who was made redundant following negotiations for a counter offer after receiving another job offer, has failed in his employment tribunal attempt to recover £1m from his former employer (The Recruiter)
  10. Black chef suing employers after boss used word ‘golliwog’ during conversation about Robertson’s jam – A black chef is claiming racial harassment after her manager used the word ‘golliwog’ during a conversation about the old label on Robertson’s jam. Denise Lindsay, 45, was working for the London School of Economics when chef manager, Mark McAleese, said the controversial word in front of her (The Telegraph)