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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 13 December 2021 and 19 December 2021.

  1. Asking a 60-something when they are going to retire is AGE discrimination, tribunal judge finds as civil servant wins claim against MOD who asked him about his retirement plans – Asking someone in their 60s when they are going to retire is age discrimination, an employment tribunal has ruled as it found in favour of a civil servant who sued the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for unfair treatment (DailyMail)
  2. Scots college ordered to pay out £85,000 to ex-department head following gender row – Glasgow Clyde College was told to compensate Morag Robertson after she took its board of directors to ­employment tribunal (DailyRecord)
  3. Ex-car salesman who was denied commission while on furlough wins landmark employment tribunal case – In a case that could have major implications for the automotive industry, Jeremy Smith took his battle to an employment tribunal after contacting the arbitration and conciliation service Acas (CarDealer)
  4. Job-seeker who said he suffered from noise-sensitivity hearing disorder wins disability discrimination claim against Health and Safety Executive after he was turned down for job over fears it would make him ‘violent’ – A job-seeker who said he suffered from a noise-sensitivity hearing disorder has won a disability discrimination claim against the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after being turned down for a job over fears that it would make him ‘violent’ (DailyMail)
  5. Fired JPMorgan Trader Shows It Pays to Win Your Old Job Back – For one JPMorgan Chase & Co. trader in London, getting a court ruling that he should be re-hired after a 2020 dismissal means millions of pounds of back pay (Bloomberg Wealth)
  6. Cancer patient who needed to work from home branded ‘cosy’ by colleagues – A cancer patient whose colleagues ‘looked down on’ her need to work from home while undergoing treatment has won a claim for harassment (Metro)
  7. Dental nurse loses sex discrimination case after refusing to have her nails cut unless they were done by a professional beautician – Sandra Lougheed was told her long fingernails needed a trim for health reasons but the ‘very experienced’ dental worker said she would only have them cut by a professional (DailyMail)
  8. Postman off work sick for year with bad shoulder was seen working in shop – When spotted by a manager carrying a box of drinks, he hid behind a crate until she left (LeicestershireLive)
  9. Photo of civil servant gagged and tied to a chair was NOT taken when she said it was, digital expert tells tribunal – DeAnn Fitzpatrick who worked for Marine Scotland, was photographed taped to a chair in a photo which went viral in 2018 at the peak of the MeToo movement (DailyMail)
  10. Southampton Solent lecturer loses colleague homophobia claim – A senior university lecturer has lost a discrimination claim after accusing a colleague of saying ‘that’s so gay’ in front of him (DailyEcho)

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