Tribunal Watch

The latest on employment tribunals from the XpertHR legal team. We provide a weekly round-up of the latest tribunal cases to hit the headlines, with links to in-depth analyses on XpertHR and key articles from national and regional press coverage. Tribunal Watch began life in 2010 as an XpertHR blog – view older posts here.



Sexual harassment: tribunal awards £830k to NHS HR director

22 Feb 2016

An employment tribunal has awarded more than £830,000 to an NHS HR director who was constructively dismissed and harassed after...

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The tribunal held that the five-week trip to Sardinia related more to family arrangements, rather than religious beliefs

Religious festivals: no requirement to give employee five weeks off

11 Feb 2016

An employment tribunal found that London Underground was entitled to turn down an employee’s request for five consecutive weeks’ annual...

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Dismissal of worker who described bosses as “fascist”

29 Jan 2016

An employment tribunal held that an employee on a final warning was fairly dismissed after becoming aggressive during a meeting...

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The claimant worked for the Home Office in Croydon

Bribery Act 2010: worker fairly dismissed for taking bribe despite reporting it

18 Jan 2016

An employment tribunal held that an immigration officer was fairly dismissed for accepting a bribe from an offender, despite then...

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Expensive employment tribunal awards: six-figure sums in 2015

6 Jan 2016

While employment tribunal fees have drastically reduced the number of cases and typical awards for claimants are generally four-figure sums,...

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Royal Museums Greenwich had warned the claimant a number of times about arriving late

Museum worker fairly dismissed for persistent lateness at work

4 Jan 2016

A museum was found to have fairly dismissed a worker during a crackdown on persistent lateness at work, after he...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2015

7 Dec 2015

What were the most significant employment case law decisions in 2015? We count down the 10 most important judgments for employers this year.

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Redundancy consultation: awards for former Northern Ireland City Link staff

2 Dec 2015

Former City Link employees in Northern Ireland have been awarded protective awards of 90 days’ pay over the company’s failure...

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No payout for London Zoo keeper unfairly dismissed over Christmas party fight

23 Nov 2015

A London Zoo meerkat handler who got into a Christmas party fight with...

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Misconduct at a work event can result in disciplinary sanctions and/or dismissal.

Bank worker who licked – then punched – colleague at party was fairly dismissed

16 Nov 2015

The EAT has held that a bank worker who licked the face of a colleague...

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£30,000 for DWP employee dismissed for disability absences

9 Nov 2015

An employment tribunal awarded more than £30,000 to a public-sector worker who was dismissed after disability absences meant she exceeded...

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Disability discrimination: NHS worker with cancer awarded £115,000

3 Nov 2015

An employment tribunal has awarded £115,000 for disability discrimination to an NHS worker with cancer who was required to undergo...

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discrimination arising from disability

Discrimination arising from disability: withdrawal of job offer over epilepsy

29 Oct 2015

An employer did not commit discrimination arising from disability against a job applicant whose job offer to work at a...

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A client's instruction not to allow an employee on site resulted in a dismissal for some other substantial reason

Some-other-substantial-reason dismissal when client refused to have employee on site was fair

13 Oct 2015

An employer fairly dismissed an employee for “some other substantial reason” when the client refused to have her back on...

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Right to be accompanied: bus company vetoed drivers’ union rep

8 Oct 2015

It was a breach of the right to be accompanied for an employer to refuse to allow a trade union...

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