Employment Articles

Council not liable for employee's breach of private data rules

The High Court has ruled that a local authority was not liable for the behaviour of one of its employees in accessing and disseminating private data that was stored on its IT system.   The claimant in the case was divorced with two children, who...

Technician blocked from poaching former employer's clients

A computer technician has been ordered to give up confidential information he retained from his former employer which could be used to undercut and poach its customers.  James Rowe worked for IT support company Iconology Ltd from 2013.  In 2020...

Committee chairman on contract 'should be classed as a worker'

A committee chairman should be classed as a worker according to the terms of his contract, even though he didn’t have an obligation to carry out any duties.  That was the decision of the Employment Tribunal in a case involving Somerville and the...

Charity discriminated against tutor over student's 'sensitive issue'

A tutor has won her claim of sex discrimination after she was asked to address a sensitive matter with a student because of her gender.  A 94-year-old male student had personal hygiene issues and managers believed the matter was best dealt with by a...

Irish worker was racially harassed when boss mocked his accent

The Employment Tribunal has ruled that an Irishman was racially harassed and victimised when his bossed danced "like a leprechaun" in front of him and mocked his accent.  The case involved Jonathan Kelly, who worked in the warehouse at the...

Cashier excluded from work drinks event awarded £74,000

A woman who was shunned by her work colleagues and not invited to a drinks event has been awarded £74,000 compensation for unfair dismissal, and race and age discrimination. The case involved Rita Leher, 51, who had started working as a cashier at...

Google told it can't protect witness identities in employment case

A former Google employee has successfully appealed an order by the Employment Tribunal in a case that clarified rules surrounding anonymity of witnesses.  Mr R Frewer brought several claims against Google UK Ltd including automatic unfair...

Worker called 'lazy old white guy' awarded £20k compensation

A worker who was called a “lazy old white guy” by a black colleague has been awarded £20,000 after bringing a discrimination claim. The Employment Tribunal heard evidence that Barry Moore, who is 55, was often told by younger co-workers...

Driver loses appeal over worker status with MyTaxi app

A driver has lost his appeal against a tribunal ruling that he should not be classified as a worker employed by MyTaxi app. The case involved Christopher Johnson v Transopco UK Ltd. From 2014 Johnson worked full time in business on his own account as a...

Dementia suffering employee 'had dignity violated' at ASDA

An ASDA employee has won her claim of unfair dismissal, and disability and age discrimination, after one of her colleagues suggested she should retire. Joan Hutchinson worked for the Queensferry store of the supermarket chain for 20 years before she retired...
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