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Ex-production manager loses race discrimination claim against BBC

In Ms M Keswani v British Broadcasting Corporation a former TV producer has lost her racism case against the BBC after claiming a panel ‘laughed’ at her Indian accent during an interview. Malika Keswani claimed that two out of three women on the all-white panel “grinned” when she answered questions during an interview for a job as a production manager at BBC Sport in Salford, Greater Manchester. Although she described her accent as “soft,” Ms Keswani told the London tribunal court that she could “feel it was my accent they were laughing at.”

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 28 March 2022

Railwayman wins unfair dismissal claim after being sacked for failing to provide urine sample

In the case of Mr Lewis Smith v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd Mr Smith suffered from 'shy bladder syndrome' which left him too nervous to go to the loo when Network Rail called him in for a random check. He told a tribunal that he said he wasn't trying to dodge it and even offered to carry out a blood test - but still he was fired for refusing to take part.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 25 March 2022

Trade unions look set to launch legal claims over P&O mass redundancies

Nautilus International has issued a letter to P&O Ferries, informing management that the Union is now in a formal dispute with the company. The letter states: “Further to the announcement of about 800 'redundancies' made yesterday morning (17 March 2022), Nautilus International now considers itself in dispute with P&O Ferries.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 24 March 2022

CIPD publishes latest evidence review into bullying and incivility in the workplace

The CIPD has published its latest evidence review which investigates the key drivers of bullying and incivility and makes key recommendations to help shut down unwelcome behaviour quickly. It’s paramount that line managers and people professionals have the confidence to tackle these workplace issues and provide essential wellbeing support for their staff.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 22 March 2022

Nursery worker wins unfair dismissal claim after being sacked while pregnant

In the case of D Topping v Stepping Stones Nursery (Hoddlesden) Limited Darci Topping  was employed by Stepping Stones Nursery in Hoddlesden when she found out she was expecting her first child in March 2020. She informed her employers a week after starting her new job.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 21 March 2022

Charity worker wins £115,000 compensation after being wrongly sacked for whistleblowing

In Miss C Robinson v Mind Monmouthshire Ltd Miss Robinson worked as a Community Outreach Worker for mental health charity Mind. The tribunal heard that within the open plan office environment there was frequent bad language and banter which overstepped the boundaries of acceptability in terms of equality and diversity. There was reported to have been racially and sexually offensive language and comments made that were derogatory to people with mental and physical disabilities.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 18 March 2022

Sales advisor wins £9,000 after being asked to twirl in front of managers

In the case of Ms X v Peter Vardy Ltd Ms X worked as a sales advisor at a large car showroom where many vehicles were on display. She worked as one of a team of 5 sales advisors and their direct reporting line was to a sales controller. The showroom has a number of sales teams, usually between 4 and 5 sales advisors in each team with the direct line manager being a sales controller. The sales controllers, in turn, report to the next level of management.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 17 March 2022

How Do FTSE 100 Companies Report On Their ‘Most Important Asset’?

A new report from the CIPD states that if people are an organisation’s greatest asset, then workforce data needs to clearly and consistently show the risks and opportunities associated with people.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 15 March 2022