Employment Articles

Latest figures show slight reduction in gender pay gap

The latest figures on the gender pay gap in large businesses show a slight reduction on last year. Legislation introduced in 2017 means that every employer with 250 or more employees has to publish the differences between what they pay their male and female...

Headmaster told disabled teaching assistant: 'I can do what I like'

A teaching assistant was discriminated against by her employer, who did not take the necessary steps to allow her to work in comfort with her disability. That was the decision of the Employment Tribunal in a case involving an assistant who worked at...

Female administrator paid 15% less than her male replacement

The Employment Tribunal has ruled that a female finance administrator was discriminated against when her male replacement was paid £3,500 more than her. The case involved Mrs J Broom, who had been employed in various roles by Alternative Care Ltd for...

Directors liable for company's failures over employment rights

Two company directors have been held personally liable for their company’s failures over minimum wage rates, holiday pay and overtime. The case involved Lithuanian nationals who had come to the UK to work for DJ Houghton Catching Services Ltd as...

Energy giant fined as HR process likened to show trial in Soviet Union

A tribunal has held that Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) was wrong to dismiss an employee who raised questions about health and safety practices. The judge likened its HR process to “a show trial in the former Soviet Union”. The case involved...

Man who suffered heart attack at work was 'unfairly dismissed'

The dismissal of a man who suffered mental health issues after having a heart attack at work was unfair. That was the decision of the Employment Tribunal in a case involving mechanic Gordon Flemming and East of England Ambulance Services NHS Trust. Mr...

Court corrects costly tax error in family's trust fund

The High Court has allowed a family to correct an error in a trust fund that would have had costly tax implications.   The case arose out of financial arrangements outlined in the will of a man who died in 2015.   He bequeathed...

Teacher wins sex discrimination claim but loses over religion

A teacher at a Jewish nursery who was sacked after refusing to lie about cohabiting with her boyfriend was not subjected to religious discrimination.   However, the nursery's criticisms of her amounted to sex discrimination and harassment. ...

Bisexual prison officer described as 'vermin' was unfairly dismissed

A bisexual prison officer who was taunted by colleagues as ‘gay’, ‘poof’ and ‘vermin’ was victimised and unfairly dismissed. That was the decision of the Employment Tribunal in a case involving 40-year-old Ben Plaistow...

Asda loses appeal over equal pay for women workers

The Court of Appeal has upheld a tribunal ruling that female workers in Asda stores were employed under terms and conditions that were comparable to men working in the company’s distribution depots.   It’s an important decision as it...
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