Tribunal watch: Welfare officer argues that phobia of dead bodies is a disability

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A weekly round-up of links to stories about employment tribunal rulings reported the previous week. In the week beginning 17 February 2014, we reported a case in which the employment tribunal had to decide whether or not necrophobia, which is the fear of dead bodies or things associated with death, can be a disability under the Equality Act 2010.

Tribunal considers whether or not a phobia can be a disability In Pawlicka v St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service, the employment tribunal had the unusual task of deciding whether or not necrophobia, which is the fear of dead bodies or things associated with death, can be a disability under the Equality Act 2010.

Other tribunal decisions in the headlines

Former clerk wins £72,000 from Ludlow Town Council in unfair dismissal case Ludlow Town Council has been ordered to pay out more than £70,000 in compensation to its former clerk, reports the Shropshire Star.

Tonbridge man sacked from golf club given £52,000 payout A Tonbridge man sacked for being “too old” has received a bumper payout, says the Kent and Sussex Courier.

Senior Blackberry executive wins £400,000 payout over claims he was bullied by his bosses with personal insults and the silent treatment A Blackberry mobile phone manager who claimed he was left feeling suicidal after being bullied by his bosses has won a £400,000 payout, according to the Daily Mail.

Dismissal leads to £7,000 award The Northumberland Gazette reports that a woman who claimed she was sacked for “having too much time off due to being pregnant”, has been awarded more than £7,000 at an employment tribunal.

Royal British Legion forced to close over £70,000 dispute A Royal British Legion Club that was ordered to pay a former employee £70,000 for unfair dismissal has closed, highlights the Bournemouth Echo.

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