Employment Tribunal stories in the news – 16.06.2014 to 22.06.2014

MoJIn the latest of our series of posts on employment tribunal stories in the news, we take a look at ten employment tribunal stories that have made the news between 16 June and 22 June 2014.

  1. Criminal records: Supreme Court victory for man forced to reveal childhood caution to prospective employer – A man forced to reveal a childhood police caution for cycle theft to a prospective employer has won a human rights fight in the Supreme Court. Five Supreme Court justices ruled that the requirement to reveal had been a breach of the man’s right to private life, following a hearing in London (The Independent)
  2. Sacked gran who revealed golf club ‘affair’ gets £50,000 payout – An employment tribunal judge ruled there had been a “witch hunt” against Margaret Chadwick.The grandmother was suspended as assistant secretary after raising concerns about secretary Bill Beckett, 69, and a woman at Aldeburgh Golf Club, ­Suffolk (The Express)
  3. Family at war as mother and daughter ‘air dirty laundry’ in £150,000 legal catfight – A court heard they were suing each other and “washing their dirty linen in public”. Caroline Baines, 40, claims her mother made “malicious complaints” to the police and launched a campaign of “harassment” after the pair clashed over family and professional matters (The Express)
  4. Lincoln mother told ‘you were not flexible enough’ as she loses unfair dismissal case against Pizza Express – A mother who claimed constructive unfair dismissal against Pizza Express after she fell pregnant has lost her tribunal fight with her former employer. Jennifer Sammut, a former pizza chef at the Lincoln High Street branch, alleged bosses had no intention of letting her return to work after the birth of her daughter and that a permanent replacement had been hired (The Lincolnshire Echo)
  5. £126,000 for sacked boss in employment tribunal claim – Patrick O’Doherty was a successful bank manager, with a loving family and his career ahead of him. The Walton-le-Dale man ran two branches of Nat West and described himself as “the most happy-go-lucky person you could ever come across”. He has now been told he is to be paid £126,000 after an employment tribunal ruled he had been unfairly dismissed and discriminated against (The Lancashire Evening Post)
  6. Doctors ‘only looked for evidence of guilt’, Employment Tribunal told – An employment tribunal investigating the case of a surgeon who was sacked by Oxford University Hospitals Trust has been brought to a close. The lawyer representing the surgeon, who was sacked after being accused of sexually harassing two female junior doctors, gave his closing statements to the tribunal, held at Reading, on Monday (The Banbury Guardian)
  7. Fired Shrewsbury School tuck shop worker wins tribunal – Ms Stokes, 44, began working at the school in 1996 and claimed she was unfairly dismissed in May 2013. The hearing, in Birmingham, was told that Ms Stokes had worked at the school for 17 years before she was sacked following a “breakdown of trust and confidence” (The Shropshire Star)
  8. Celebrity chef Annabel Karmel reveals her torment over false claims she pestered employee for sex – Celebrity chef Annabel Karmel said she wanted to ‘curl up’ and never get up again after a former employee accused her of sexual harassment.  The 57-year-old author and chef fired Mark Salter last June just four months after he had been employed as a sales director (The Daily Mail)
  9. Former Le Gavroche receptionist loses employment tribunal – A former receptionist who accused two Michelin-starred restaurant Le Gavroche of racism claiming she was fired because she was black lost her employment tribunal. Bento Touray was sacked from her front of house meet and greet role at Michel Roux Junior’s exclusive Mayfair eatery in September last year after only three weeks in the job (The Telegraph)
  10. Ex Tesco drivers stage a protest ahead of their tribunal hearing – Almost 200 former Tesco delivery drivers, waving flags, staged a colourful protest in Sheffield city centre before an employment tribunal hearing into their sacking (The Star)