Whistle blowing: no knowledge of disclosures

In this case, the Royal Mail’s decision maker in a performance-related dismissal was not aware that the performance issues had really been retaliation for a whistleblowing complaint. The dismissal was perfectly justified from the decision maker’s point of view, however.… Read on

Abuse due to immigration status not discrimination

We report on recent judgments of the Supreme Court in which they have held that domestic workers who were seriously abused because of their immigration status were not discriminated against on the grounds of race or nationality. Background Ms Onu… Read on

Gross misconduct and mental illness

In the case of Burdett v Aviva Employment Services Limited, the EAT considered the potentially thorny issue of dismissing an employee who was a paranoid schizophrenic. Background Mr Burdett was diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia – a disability within the… Read on

Pope comment in Times newsroom harassment

An employment tribunal has dismissed a harassment claim brought by a sub-editor at the Times. The sub-editor alleged that another sub-editor had created a hostile environment by shouting across the newsroom, referring to the Pope, in breach of the law… Read on

Facebook comments: fair dismissal

A recent Facebook dismissal case heard by a Tribunal in Northern Ireland, has made some interesting findings which add to the developing law in this area. An employee of TeleTech UK Limited posted a vulgar comment concerning a colleague on… Read on

Childrens home liable for race harassment by child

Child A, who was at the children’s home run by Sheffield City Council where social worker Mr Norouzi worked, was regularly offensive to him on racial grounds. She had told him to go back to his own country, stated that… Read on

Personal email dismissal fair

Employees sending chain e-mails outside work should beware. A recent Tribunal decision means their employment may be jeopardised as a result. In a non-binding decision, an Employment Tribunal has held that an employer was right to dismiss their employee for… Read on