The High Court has refused to strike out a claim for misuse of private information which was brought by an employee against her former employer. In so doing, the court considered the extent to which there can be a reasonable expectation of privacy in private WhatsApp messages that had been found at work.
Employment Law Cases
A disabled employee’s dismissal was not discrimination arising from a disability because it was a proportionate means of achieving the employer’s legitimate aim of maintaining good staff attendance.
It was not unfair to dismiss an employee after reopening a previously concluded disciplinary process that had led to a final written warning.
A director who was dismissed while divorcing her husband, a director at the same company, was not subjected to marital discrimination.
An employee dismissed for leaving work and refusing to return because of COVID-19-related concerns was not automatically unfairly dismissed.
An ex-employee’s victimisation claim was covered by a COT3 settlement agreement because of the precise wording used.
It was not a reasonable adjustment simply to slot a disabled employee into a new structure as part of a redundancy exercise.
A successful appeal against a dismissal will automatically result in reinstatement back into employment unless the employee objectively and unequivocally withdraws their appeal against dismissal before the appeal is decided. This remains the case even where the employee expressly says to the appeal decision maker that they do not want to return to work.
Unknown future discrimination claims cannot be compromised by a settlement agreement, which is restricted to complaints known to the parties at the time of settling.
An employer acted unfairly when it did not consult on redundancy selection criteria, where the sole selection criteria inevitably led to a redundancy pool of one.
A barristers’ chambers discriminated against a barrister due to her protected belief that a woman is defined by her sex (a ‘gender critical’ belief).
An employee was not automatically unfairly dismissed after making protected disclosures because her dismissal was for conduct reasons that were separable from the disclosures themselves.
An employee was fairly dismissed for failing to disclose his bankruptcy, despite the absence of an express contractual requirement or policy requiring him to do so.
An employer was liable to pay the level of income protection payments set out in an offer letter and summary of benefits provided by the employee’s original employer prior to a TUPE transfer, even though those benefits were no longer covered under the employer’s insurance policy.
An employer was entitled to dismiss and offer to re-engage employees on new terms (fire and rehire) to remove pay protection it had originally referred to as ‘permanent’. An earlier injunction preventing it from doing so was overturned.
Entitlement to holiday pay under the Working Time Regulations 1998 does not need to be pro-rated for part-year workers
An employee’s belief that a person cannot change their sex/gender at will, and his lack of belief in ‘transgenderism’, were protected under the Equality Act 2010. However, a tribunal had correctly held that his employer’s response to his refusal to use transgender service users’ preferred pronouns was not direct or indirect discrimination or harassment.
A failure to give a disabled employee a reasonable trial in a role at a different location meant that the employer could not show that her dismissal was objectively justified.
A fundamental breach of contract can be established even where the employer’s actions do not indicate an intention to end the employment relationship.
An employer’s imposition of a pay award, at a time when negotiations with the union were stalled, was an unlawful inducement.
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