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Individual liable for employers discrimination rewards

It should be well known that discrimination claims can be brought against individuals as well as companies, and that financial liability is unlimited. However Tribunals have usually divided up compensation where both are employers and employees are liable. This usually… Read on

Is self-dismissal possible?

In January 2005, lorry driver Mr Zulhayir had a serious accident at work which left him unable to do his job. In June 2006, his employer, J J Food Services Limited, stopped receiving sick notes. They wrote to him saying… Read on

Residential to own-home care: TUPE does not apply

When Hillside House, a residential care home for vulnerable adults was closed, and residents re-housed into their own homes, 12 of Hillside’s former care workers brought Employment Tribunal claims for unfair dismissal and various salary related payments. The Employment Appeal… 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

Ban on cornrows race, but not sex, discrimination

St Gregory’s Catholic Science College had banned boys from wearing their hair in cornrows, but not girls. They argued, at the High Court, that this did not discriminate against African-Caribbean pupils because the wearing of cornrows was not of exceptional… Read on

Ginny Harrison joins Springhouse

Ginny Harrison has been a solicitor for thirty years. She is a former Head of Employment Law at HM Revenue and Customs and previously at the Department for Transport and has had extensive experience across public service, including in Brussels.… Read on

Film extra and journalist intern wage victories

In Tribunal decisions heavily backed and publicised by the NUJ and Equity, an unpaid film extra and journalist have won claims for wages. As they won their claims on the basis that they were workers they will also be entitled… Read on

Damages for misleading email about ex-employee

The High Court has decided that an email about an ex-employee, sent six years after he had left, and not given as a reference, could still give rise to a damages claim. The HR Director at the employee’s previous employer,… Read on

Facebook dismissal fair

An Employment Tribunal has recently backed JD Wetherspoons in dismissing an employee, Ms Preece, for posting negative Facebook comments about some customers. This was despite the customers having previously been abusive towards her. Ms Preece had also argued that she… Read on