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In the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news, we take a look at ten employment law stories that have made headlines between 6 December 2021 and 12 December 2021.

  1. Physicist who says her ‘naturally loud’ style is part of her German heritage and she was a victim of racist criticism was wrongly sacked for shouting, tribunal rules – A senior academic who claimed criticism of her ‘naturally loud’ voice was racist because she inherited it from her German parents has won a harassment case after university bosses grew sick of her ‘shouting’ and sacked her (DailyMail)
  2. Woman with asthma sacked after being refused parking space wins £42,000 – Elaine Taylor-Valles told bosses she would need a space closer to work because of her condition and then had to take almost 100 days off sick (SurreyLive)
  3. Woman who conned her way into NHS job jailed for 12 months – A woman who lied and cheated her way to a top public service job in Croydon has been jailed for 12 months and has agreed to pay back the money she was paid (Inside Croydon)
  4. Overweight detective wins £10,000 for her hurt feelings after boss told her she would feel better if she stopped ‘drinking gallons of coke’ – An overweight detective with fibromyalgia who felt humiliated when a higher-ranking officer said she might feel better if she stopped ‘drinking gallons of coke’ was awarded £10,000 in compensation yesterday (DailyMail)
  5. JPMorgan Ordered to Give $600,000 Job to Trader It Fired – JPMorgan Chase & Co. was ordered by a London judge to give a trader that it fired during a market spoofing probe a near $600,000 job at the investment bank (Bloomberg)
  6. Aristocrat claimed female workers at Taunton venue got pregnant to spite him – A controversial aristocrat who was ordered to pay two female employees £150,000 for his “appalling” behaviour has failed in his bid to have the damages reduced (SomersetLive)
  7. Driving test examiner who overdosed on Red Bull after drinking ‘a couple’ of large cans before his shift and ending up in hospital WINS compensation as tribunal rules he was unfairly sacked – A driving test examiner who overdosed on Red Bull and ended up in hospital after drinking ‘a couple’ of large cans before his shift has been handed compensation (DailyMail)
  8. UK High Court deals huge blow to Uber-style ride-hailing contracts – In a landmark court decision against Uber, the U.K. High Court has ruled that its business model is unlawful (TechCrunch)
  9. Retired officer ‘vindicated’ after top GMP boss served with gross misconduct when human remains of Harold Shipman’s secretly destroyed, tribunal hears – A former senior detective turned whistleblower told an employment tribunal he felt ‘vindicated’ after a top officer was served with a gross misconduct notice for disposing of Harold Shipman’s victims without their families knowledge (Manchester Evening News)
  10. Female City tech manager wins £12,000 payout after bosses downgraded her job performance because she was on maternity leave – A female manager at a City tech company has been awarded more than £12,000 in compensation after her job performance was downgraded because she took maternity leave (DailyMail)

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