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Employment Tribunals Bend Over Backwards to Ensure Fair Hearings

Employment Tribunals (ETs) are at the forefront of the battle to eradicate discrimination in all its forms from the workplace. It is obviously vital that they practice what they preach and that is all the more reason why they are anxious to ensure that even the most vulnerable complainants receive a fair hearing. One case in point concerned an academic who...

Employment Tribunals Can Appoint Litigation Friends – Landmark Decision

It has for a very long time been possible for vulnerable people to be represented in court by litigation friends so that they can have proper access to justice. Now, in a decision of general public importance, that right has for the first time been extended to proceedings before an Employment Tribunal (ET). The case concerned a woman who had succeeded in...

Trade Union Induced Prison Officers to Breach Discipline – High Court Ruling

Certain key workers whose jobs are vital to the proper functioning of the Government are denied the right to take industrial action afforded to everyone else. Prison officers are amongst them and, in a guideline decision, the High Court took a robust approach in prioritising the needs of the state over individual interests. The case took place against the...

Company Fined £1.8 Million after Staff Exposed to Legionnaires Disease Risk

Employers who fail to ensure the health and safety of their workers can expect to receive financial penalties that are designed to hurt. In one case that proved the point, a security company that exposed its staff to a grave risk of contracting Legionnaires disease was fined £1.8 million. A local authority launched an investigation after one the company’s...

Breast Cancer Survivor Compensated for Workplace Mistreatment

When an employee falls ill, it is absolutely vital to avoid discrimination and treat them with sensitivity. In one case where that certainly failed to happen, a breast cancer sufferer won substantial compensation from her former employer. The woman worked as PA for the chief executive of a property company. After her condition was diagnosed, she was initially...

Controversial Employment Tribunal Fees Struck Down by Supreme Court

In a resounding decision that emphasised the right of everyone to have affordable access to the justice system, the much criticised fees levied on complainants by the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal have been struck down as unlawful by the Supreme Court. The fees – which range from £390 for straightforward cases to £1,200 for more...