Solicitor can sue ex-firm for misuse of private WhatsApp messages – Legal Futures

‘A High Court master has rejected what he described as a law firm owner’s attempt to “stifle” a misuse of private information (MPI) claim by a junior solicitor he dismissed by applying to have her case struck out.’

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Legal Futures, 11th January 2023

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D Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Ltd: Court of Appeal dismisses landmark Coronavirus case – St Philips Barristers

Posted January 10th, 2023 in chambers articles, coronavirus, health & safety, news, unfair dismissal by sally

‘At the start of the Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, the employer (via an external professional) carried out a Coronavirus risk assessment to identify areas of risk and put in place measures to protect its staff who worked in a large, ventilated factory space (about five employees in a space the size of half a football pitch). Despite this, on 27 March 2020 Mr Rodgers left the premises and subsequently made it clear to his employer he would not be returning until lockdown eased. A month later, having had no contact from Mr Rodgers, his employer terminated his employment.’

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St Philips Barristers, 20th December 2022

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Amending Claims in the Employment Tribunal: Choudhury v Cerberus Security and Monitoring Services Limited [2022] EAT 172 – Farrar’s Buildings

‘The Claimant was employed by the respondent as a Security Officer from 24 March 2007. He was suspended on 12 April 2019. The Claimant was summarily dismissed on 24 September 2019 and he brought a claim in the Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal and victimisation. The claim form hinted at some other claim of discrimination. The Claimant was at all times unrepresented.’

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Farrar's Buildings, 20th December 2022

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Solicitor fails to persuade judge to reconsider unfair dismissal ruling – Legal Futures

Posted January 5th, 2023 in disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors, unfair dismissal by sally

‘An assistant solicitor who won his unfair dismissal claim solely on the basis of the procedure followed has failed to persuade the judge to reconsider his decision.’

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Legal Futures, 5th January 2023

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No jab no job: 5 care home workers dismissed for not taking the vaccine – Lamb Chambers

‘In Dimitrova et Ors v Barchester Healthcare Ltd ET 1803315/2021, 5 care home workers brought claims against Barchester Healthcare Ltd, the second largest provider of care home services in the UK. These 5 Claimants were heard in the first tranche of several other claims. They all brought claims of unfair dismissal and two brought claims of direct/indirect religion/belief discrimination. Another Claimant brought a belief related harassment claim.’

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Lamb Chambers, December 2022

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Dyslexic M&S worker wins payout after being sacked over mistakes in emails – The Independent

‘A dyslexic Marks and Spencer worker has won more than £50,000 after losing her job following concerns about mistakes in her emails.’

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The Independent, 27th November 2022

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Personal injury solicitor awarded £32,000 for unfair dismissal – Legal Futures

‘A personal injury solicitor who was transferred to a new law firm without notice or consultation has been awarded just under £32,000 in damages by an employment tribunal.’

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Legal Futures, 10th November 2022

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Halfords manager suing company for £1m over alleged race discrimination – The Independent

Posted October 11th, 2022 in bullying, duty of care, news, race discrimination, unfair dismissal by tracey

‘One of the UK’s largest retailers is being sued for £1 million by a former employee for alleged racial discrimination, The Independent can reveal.’

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The Independent, 10th October 2022

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Staff at Home Office contractors sue over discrimination and unfair dismissal – The Guardian

‘Dozens of security staff who detain and deport people for the Home Office are taking legal action over race, sex, disability discrimination and unfair dismissal, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2022

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Religious objections to COVID vaccine: Wierowska – Law & Religion UK

Posted September 13th, 2022 in Christianity, coronavirus, equality, news, unfair dismissal, vaccination by tracey

‘Miss P Wierowska v HC-One Oval Ltd [2022] UKET 1403077/2021 was a tribunal judgment on the preliminary issue of whether or not the claimant was entitled to rely on religious objections to the COVID vaccine in a claim against her former employers arising from her dismissal.’

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Law & Religion UK, 13th September 2022

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Dismissal for a political affiliation – Local Government Lawyer

‘Liz Stevens looks at a recent unfair dismissal case, based on the grounds of political affiliation.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th September 2022

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Ex-director given another chance to appeal eight-year-old ET judgment – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has granted more time for a former law firm director to challenge a coruscating judgment against her more than eight years after it was handed down.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 2nd September 2022

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NHS whistleblower Shyam Kumar wins case against regulator – BBC News

Posted September 5th, 2022 in compensation, doctors, employment, hospitals, news, unfair dismissal, whistleblowers by tracey

‘A doctor who was sacked for raising patient safety concerns has won a case against England’s hospital regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).’

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BBC News, 5th September 2022

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Woman told not to let ‘hormones get out of control’ wins age discrimination case – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 16th, 2022 in age discrimination, employment tribunals, news, unfair dismissal by sally

‘A middle-aged woman regarded as “menopausal” by her younger male boss has won an age discrimination case after being told not to let her hormones get “out of control”, an employment tribunal has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th August 2022

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Labour MP unfairly sacked senior adviser who called him ‘first class idiot’, tribunal finds – The Independent

‘A Labour MP unfairly dismissed his aide and ex-girlfriend after she felt “marginalised and isolated” in the months leading up to her losing her job, a tribunal has found.’

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The Independent, 3rd August 2022

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Met fails in second bid to sack senior officer over child abuse video – The Guardian

‘The high court has thrown out the Metropolitan police’s latest attempt to sack a decorated senior black officer, with a judge branding one of its arguments “hopeless”.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2022

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The Bill of Rights Act 2022 and employment law: free speech implications – by Gus Baker – UK Labour Law

‘The “Bill of Rights Bill” (the “Bill”), introduced to Parliament on 22 June this year, has the potential to have significant implications for employment law. Once tribunals and courts accept the Bill’s exhortation to give “great weight” to freedom of speech, the consequences for workplace relations may be profound.’

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UK Labour Law, 6th July 2022

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Crucifixes, neck-chains and food hygiene: Kovalkovs – Law & Religion UK

‘In Mr J Kovalkovs v 2 Sisters Food Group Limited [2022] UKET 4102454/2020, Mr Kovalkovs, an Orthodox Christian, was a quality inspector in 2 Sisters Food Group’s chicken processing factory. He wore a silver crucifix on a neck-chain as an expression of his faith. 2 Sisters’ Foreign Body Control policy stated that “jewellery must not be worn in the production areas on site, with the exception of a single plan band ring”. An exception was made for religious jewellery, subject to a risk assessment; however, the risk assessment concluded that “because the chain was made of links there was a risk of contamination” and there was a potential for “entanglement, entrapment or tearing”. Mr Kovalkovs refused to give up wearing his crucifix and was dismissed.’

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Law & Religion UK, 21st June 2022

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COVID-19 and return-to-work refusers – Local Government Lawyer

‘Adele Shortman analyses the first significant COVID dismissal case to be heard in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th June 2022

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First EAT consideration of a Covid-19 related dismissal – St Philips Barristers

‘In what is believed to be the first Appellate consideration of a Coronavirus related dismissal the EAT (HHJ Tayler) upheld the judgment of the Leeds Employment Tribunal (EJ Anderson) that the Claimant’s Coronavirus related absence dismissal was not automatically unfair for a health and safety reason pursuant to s100(d)-(e) of the Employment Rights Act 1996.’

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St Philips Barristers, 6th May 2022

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