In the latest of our series of posts on employment tribunal stories in the news this week, we take a look at seven employment tribunal stories that have made the news between 14 July and 21 July 2014.
- Former Norwich Connaught workers wait for result of compensation battle – More than a hundred Norwich workers who lost their jobs when city council contractor Connaught went into administration are waiting to find out if they will receive compensation (EDP 24)
- Former charity chief executive pursuing legal action against former employers – A Former charity chief executive is pursuing legal action against her old employers after claiming she was ‘dismissed’ from her high-profile post following a nine-month absence (Local Berkshire)
- Employment tribunal defeat for ‘whistleblower’ nurse who claimed unfair dismissal – A former Bridgend nurse who has spent five years fighting claims of unfair dismissal against Princess of Wales hospital has lost a fourth employment tribunal since 2009. Glenda Rodriguez-Noza told a hearing last month that she was left feeling “suicidal” by treatment received from senior staff at Princess of Wales (Wales Online)
- Alresford Town Council settles employment case – Alresford town council have agreed to pay £5,000 to settle an employment tribunal case. Councillors heard that the case involving Heather Graham, which started in March last year, has now been settled (Hampshire Chronicle)
- Surgeon wins fight after NHS cover-up – A surgeon is seeking a seven-figure compensation payout after an employment tribunal ruled he was unfairly sacked for gross misconduct after blowing the whistle on poor patient care at a hospital. Arjuna Weerasinghe, who believes he contracted pneumonia in a filthy operating theatre at Basildon Hospital in Essex, raised concerns in 2010 after vital equipment was unavailable when he performed surgery on a man who died three days later (The Sunday Times)
- Priest wins £62,000 payout after working for less than £2 an hour – A priest has won a £62,000 payout after being paid less than £2 per hour while working a 65-hour week at a Birmingham temple. Dr Harish Chandra was awarded the cash figure following a judgment at Birmingham County Court after he sued Arya Samaj Vedic Mission, in Nechells (The Birmingham Mail)
- National park officer sacked over emails loses unfair dismissal fight – Iona Hyde, a former trees and woodland officer with Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority, sent her partner Mike Hyde confidential data about a planning application. Mr Hyde is a private planning consultant and Mrs Hyde sent him a copy of recommendations she had made in an application involving one of his clients who was objecting to it (Herald Scotland)