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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...

Detectives Penalised for Whistleblowing Awarded Six Figure Compensation

Whistleblowers perform a public service and the consequences of penalising them for their activities can be severe. In one case, two police officers who were removed from undercover duties after they made repeated and serious complaints about the management of their unit were awarded a six-figure sum in compensation. Both officers, one of whom had almost 20...

Piqued by an Employee’s Departure? Don’t Do Anything Hasty!

The departure of trusted workers who set up in competition is a frequent source of fury to employers. However, as one High Court libel case showed, the sensible course is to take legal advice rather than resort to hasty action. The case concerned two men who were formerly employed by a company that produced safety products for commercial vehicles and machinery....

Can Civil Servants Step Into Ministers’ Shoes? High Court Test Case

To what extent can civil servants stand in the shoes of their ministerial masters and make decisions on their behalf? The High Court tackled that issue in an important test case concerning the criminal prosecution of an employer who was accused of making 84 warehouse staff redundant without informing Central Government. By Section 194 of the Trade Union and...

Supreme Court Outlaws Pensions Discrimination against Gay Partners

The Supreme Court has struck a ground-breaking blow against discrimination in the case of a gay employee whose husband was denied the right to a full survivor’s pension in the event of his death. The Court’s decision to disapply a discriminatory provision of the Equality Act 2010 underlined the primacy of European law. The man’s employer had informed him...