Tribunal watch: Sex discrimination against flexible working single parent

The police force discriminated against a single-parent officer when it required her to work during the school holidays.
The police force discriminated against a single-parent officer when it required her to work during the school holidays.

An employment tribunal has held that Greater Manchester Police committed sex discrimination against a female police officer when it amended her flexible working arrangements. Stephen Simpson rounds up employment tribunal decisions reported in the past week.

Sex discrimination: requirement that single-parent police officer on term-time working work nine days during school holidays
An employment tribunal has found that Greater Manchester Police indirectly discriminated against a single-parent police officer who worked term-time only when it introduced a requirement that she work nine days during school holidays.

The employment tribunal also upheld the claimant’s victimisation claim. The tribunal accepted her account that, after she had brought her employment tribunal case, she overheard two inspectors who were discussing her complaint say “she wants shooting”.

The tribunal pointed out that the police force subsequently removed the requirement for the claimant to work the additional hours.

Other tribunal decisions in the headlines

Thousands of women win equal pay fight at council
Around 4,000 women are due to receive equal wage payouts after North Lanarkshire Council confirmed it had settled a series of long-running claims, according to the LocalGov website.

Kate Middleton’s former police guard reinstated after wrongful dismissal
A police officer who guarded Kate Middleton has been reinstated after she was wrongly fired after a superior allegedly enlisted the help of a dementia patient to frame her for fraud, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Union wins unfair dismissal case against former Froghall company
The Leek Post and Times reports that former workers at a copper factory who won their case for unfair dismissal are now set to receive 90 days of additional pay after the GMB took their case to a tribunal.

GMC finally abandons investigation into wrongly sacked whistleblower doctor
The General Medical Council (GMC) has finally abandoned a two-year investigation into a whistleblowing doctor five months after he was emphatically cleared of any wrongdoing by an employment tribunal, reports the Croydon Guardian.

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