Tribunal watch: Were “religiously orientated” swear words spoken in a Christian’s presence harassment?


Was a Christian employee harassed by overhearing expletives that included the words “Jesus Christ” and “God” in a workplace? That was the question for the employment tribunal in one of the cases that features in Stephen Simpson’s latest round-up of first-instance employment decisions.

Religious discrimination: use of “religiously orientated” swear words in Christian’s presence not harassment The employment tribunal in this case held that a manager’s use of bad language that included the words “Jesus Christ” and “God” did not harass a Christian employee.

Other tribunal decisions in the headlines

Tamworth coach driver fired while battling illnesses, tribunal told A Tamworth coach and bus firm faces paying a former driver more than £10,000 after he complained he was unfairly sacked while suffering from arthritis and diabetes on sick leave, reports the Tamworth Herald.

Junior doctors at Arrowe Park receive £38,000 payout after BMA rules on pay and working hours A group of junior doctors at a Merseyside hospital are to share a payout of almost £40,000 after it was revealed that they had been underpaid and unable to take natural breaks, says the Liverpool Echo.

Checkout worker loses claim for unfair dismissal against Tesco A Tesco checkout worker, who became ill after accidentally inhaling anti-insecticide while scanning the item, has lost her claim for unfair dismissal, the Irish Examiner reports.

Worker loses disability discrimination claim against Dundee City Council A Dundee City Council employee has lost his disability discrimination claim against the local authority, with an employment tribunal ruling he was “clearly not an easy employee to manage”, according to the Scottish Courier.

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