Tribunal watch: Football club worker dismissed over rumours of workplace relationship with player

Vale Park, home of Port Vale Football Club. Photo: REX/Matt West/BPI
Vale Park, home of Port Vale Football Club. Photo: REX/Matt West/BPI

A former worker at League One football club Port Vale has won her claim for sex discrimination after she was dismissed over rumours of a workplace relationship. Stephen Simpson rounds up this and other employment tribunal decisions reported in the past week.

Former football club worker wins sexual harassment case Port Vale’s former events sales manager Joanne Clay has won her claim for sex discrimination after she was sacked over rumours of an alleged affair with the club’s star striker, reports the Stoke Sentinal.

No action was taken against him, despite strict club rules over player-staff workplace relationships.

Other tribunal decisions in the headlines

Six-figure compensation package for workers affected by call centre’s transfer to India Staff at an Accrington call centre who were made redundant when bosses transferred operations to India have won a six-figure payout, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

Home bursar’s claims dismissed An employment tribunal has rejected a number of complaints made by former home bursar Jean Wright, who sued St Peter’s College, says Oxford’s independent student newspaper Cherwell.

Bully boss at rape crisis centre intimidated staff and was aggressive while victims sought counsel A bullying boss has been slammed for intimidating staff at a rape crisis centre, according to the Daily Record.

Galway pub ordered to pay doorman €11,000 for unfair dismissal One of the most popular pubs in Galway has been ordered to pay €11,000 in compensation to a doorman it dismissed unfairly, reports the Irish Times.

Teacher wins discrimination case after nun asked “what about the homos?” A teacher in a Catholic primary school has been awarded €54,000 compensation after a controversial interview for the principal’s job during which a nun asked her “what about the homos?”, says the Irish Independent.

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