Employment Articles

Cafe discriminated against teenager dismissed due to her age

A 14-year-old who was dismissed for being too young to cope with the ‘severity’ of her job has won her claim of age discrimination. The case involved Miss H Cassidy, who had a Saturday job at Daimler Foundation’s café. Her duties...

Fishing company prevents former employee working for rival

A fishing company has been granted an interim injunction enforcing post-termination restrictive covenants and a confidentiality clause against a former employee. The case involved S Riddler Ltd and Mr Wierzbicki. The High Court heard that Wierzbicki had...

Directors colluded to deny knowledge of employee's disability

Two directors colluded to deny knowledge of an employee’s disability before they dismissed him for alleged poor performance. That was the finding of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in a case involving P2CG Ltd and Mr Davis. Davis was given...

Vet assistant unfairly dismissed over her Covid concerns

A veterinary assistant was unfairly dismissed after she challenged her employer’s view that the coronavirus pandemic had been ‘hyped up’. The case involved Charlotte Rendina who worked at Royston Veterinary Centre from January to March...

Engineers can't use 'overarching contract' defence to limit liability

The High Court has rejected a claim that a firm of accountants failed in their duty of care and should be held liable for a client’s failed investment. The client, Mr Knights, sought damages from Townsend Harrison Ltd for losses he suffered after the...

Fostering agency discriminated against gay men and lesbians

The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision that a fostering agency had unlawfully discriminated against gay men and lesbians by requiring carers to refrain from "homosexual behaviour". The case involved Cornerstone (North East) Adoption and...

Tribunal 'wrong to reject menopausal symptoms as a disability'

An employment tribunal had been wrong to hold that an employee's alleged menopausal symptoms did not amount to a disability for the purposes of a discrimination claim. That was the ruling of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in a case involving...

Mother dismissed on maternity leave awarded more than £60k

A mother who was dismissed during her maternity leave while the ownership of her company changed hands has won her discrimination claim. Mrs Rodin worked for HR company DMS1 and went on maternity leave in June 2017. During her absence, the company...

Director didn't breach duty over employee bonus in company transfer

A director didn’t breach his legal duty when he gave an employee an enhanced bonus entitlement shortly before a takeover involving the transfer of employment contracts. That was the decision of the High Court in a case involving Reader v SPIE Ltd . ...

Company granted injunction to stop ex-employee contacting its clients

A company in a highly competitive market has been granted an injunction to prevent a former employee from contacting and dealing with its clients. The case involved Delivery Group Ltd and former employee Mr Yeo. In early 2020, the group had increased...
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