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Discrimination payouts hit record high in 2011

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Teacher wins pregnancy unfair dismissal case

A teacher has won a claim of workplace discrimination and unfair dismissal against her former employer, who she alleged sacked her because she became pregnant. Rebecca Raven, 32, had been working as an art teacher at Howell’s School in Denbigh, North Wales, since October 2008. However, after becoming pregnant and applying for maternity leave in…

Changes to unfair dismissal rules

The Government has confirmed two key employment law changes, the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims will increase from one year to two and that a fee system will be introduced for employees who bring tribunal claims. Charles Logan, Director at the leading recruiting expert Hays, comments on the proposed changes to unfair dismissal legislation:…

Social services director wins unfair dismissal appeal

Sharon Shoesmith, could win over £1 million compensation after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal against her unfair dismissal claim. The social services boss was sacked in the wake of the Baby P scandal. The Department for Education and Shoesmith’s former employer, Haringey Council, had challenged a landmark ruling made by the Court of Appeal…

News of the World closure could see £14m employment claim

Due to the ongoing phone hacking scandla, last Sunday (11th July) saw the News of the World close, suddenly leaving hundreds of employees out of a job. Philip Henson, Partner and Head of Employment Law at law firm, Bargate Murray, believede this could lead to an increase in Employment Tribunal claims and whistleblowing cases, he…

Tribunal finds second tube worker was unfairly dismissed

The second tube driver at the centre of a strike row was unfairly dismissed by London Underground (LU), an employment tribunal has now ruled. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union had insisted that Arwyn Thomas – who was sacked by LU for “unacceptable and abusive behaviour towards colleagues” – was actually dismissed for his…

Workers dismissed by conference call win Tribunal

Almost 200 construction workers who were dismissed by Connaught in September 2010 following the collapse of the firm have won their Employment Tribunal cases and been given the maximum protection award. The court heard that many of the workers were told that they were being dismissed by conference call, without any notice or consultation. The…

Concierge sacked for watching ‘blue movie’ whilst on the clock

A concierge at a plush block of luxury apartments in Birmingham city centre was sacked for watching sexually explicit content on the internet when he should have been guarding security. Desmond Henry was accused of putting residents of the Watermarque development, on Browning Street, at risk by spending too much time viewing a dirty website,…