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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 20 December 2021 and 26 December 2021.

  1. Michelin-starred chef sued for discrimination ‘for asking Sikh worker to remove bangle’ – Herbert Berger, who has won three Michelin stars, is being sued by assistant manager Niranjit Moorah Singh who claims he was asked to remove his Kara, which is a symbol of his faith (Mirror)
  2. Care worker who defaced photos of female bosses by drawing facial hair on them and poured a reed oil diffuser around their office, ‘because they gave staff Christmas gifts from Aldi not M&S’ has unfair dismissal claim thrown out – Naomi Bodis vandalised publicly displayed photographs of manager Paula Craen and deputy manager Susan Jones after complaining about the quality of Christmas gift bags given to staff at Compton House care home in West Sussex (DailyMail)
  3. Food scientist wins £19,000 after boss fired him saying he was lying when he asked for unpaid time off to care for his wife as she battled breast cancer – Andrew Ward previously asked for an unpaid sabbatical but was given permission to work from home while his spouse underwent treatment for Stage 3 breast cancer, an employment tribunal heard (DailyMail)
  4. UK workplace conduct chief fired for sexually harassing as many as 10 women – John Woods sent a “barrage” of inappropriate sexual messages to a junior staff member, suggested “sex bets”, and left a pair of knickers on another female colleague’s desk, according to an employment tribunal judgment published on December 23 (City A.M)
  5. Barrister who sued after colleague asked him to stop farting loses case – A senior barrister who sued the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after a colleague asked him to stop breaking wind in the room they worked in together has lost his case (The Guardian)
  6. Illegal immigrant tried to bring fiancée to Wales with passport photo that didn’t look like her – Federik Rexha, from Albania, faces deportation after he was caught trying to get Anila Pecaku into the UK so she could be with him in Newport, where he was illegally living on Rodney Road and working in a car wash (WalesOnline)
  7. Model criticised for sexualising nurses after lingerie shoot during the pandemic – An OnlyFans model who married and divorced herself has been slammed for “sexualising” nurses during the pandemic (Daily Star)
  8. Tarmac company boss, 89, who suffers from dementia, wins an unfair dismissal case brought by his managing director who claimed he had been made redundant – Andrew Robson claimed 89-year-old Eric Roberts – who set up the tarmac business in 1956 – had made him redundant after accusing him of ‘running the business into the ground’ during a downturn in trade (DailyMail)
  9. Fear of catching Covid “not a protected belief”, tribunal rules – A woman’s fear of catching Covid-19 and need to protect herself and others is not a philosophical belief for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010, an employment tribunal has ruled (Legal Futures)
  10. London cancer doctor suspended for 9 months after misconduct hearing – An eminent cancer doctor has been suspended from practising for nine months but escaped being struck off after being found guilty of misconduct (London Standard)

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