A firm’s equality and diversity training has been dismissed by the Employment Appeal Tribunal as stale and ineffective against preventing harassment. The case involved Allay (UK) Ltd and Mr S Gehlen, who was of Indian origin. Mr Gehlen had been dismissed due to his performance. Following his dismissal, he complained that a work colleague had
A bus driver who knocked down a cyclist after he made obscene gestures towards him has lost his claim of unfair dismissal. Sam Beech had worked for Lothian Buses for 11 years until he was dismissed in September 2019 for gross misconduct. It all hinged on an incident when Beech was moving away from a
A bank worker has won his claim of unfair dismissal after he was made redundant following the breakdown of his relationship with his bosses. Joynal Choudhury had worked for Gatehouse Bank since 2015 and took on a new role as head of real estate in March 2018. He immediately suffered a strained relationship with his
The Court of Appeal has confirmed that an employer could be justified in not re-engaging an unfairly dismissed employee if it had a rational belief that he could not carry out the duties required in a new role or if there had been a genuine breakdown of trust. The case involved Mr Scott Kelly, who
Royal Mencap Society (Respondent) v Tomlinson-Blake (Appellant) Two “sleep in” care workers appealed to the UK’s highest Court, the Supreme Court, seeking to overturn the decision that they are not entitled to the national minimum wage (NWM) for the duration of their “sleep in” shift. A “sleep in” shift typically means that the employee is
An office manager who was made to pick up dog mess and had the boss’ son throw a ball at her head has won her case of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination. Eleanor Stevenson, who had once been a contestant on the BBC’s The Apprentice, began working for environmental services company Edenbeck in June 2016.
A teacher ordered to retrain and undergo a degree course at the age of 60 has been awarded £140,000 compensation in a discrimination case. Sue Allington had worked for nearly 20 years at the fee-paying Rose Hill School in Tunbridge Wells. She had started as a games teacher in 2002, then taught maths to Year
While it is still too soon for any certainty and teething problems are likely to persist, it is possible to speculate and draw some current conclusions on the effect of Brexit on some areas of UK legal practice.
Mr G Lewis v Dow Silicones UK Limited Mr Lewis (the Claimant) resigned following a TUPE transfer and claimed unfair dismissal as a result of fundamental breaches of contract by his employer and/or on a breach of regulation 4(9) of TUPE arising from the introduction of new standby/call out arrangements and an extension of his
In January 2019, Seyi Omooba was cast as the lead role in the theatre production of “Celie” which was to be a joint production by the Curve Theatre Leicester and the Birmingham Hippodrome. Following her appointment in the role, it was brought to light that Ms Omooba had previously made anti LGBT comments on her own