Blackpool Council forced an employee to resign after it failed to formally investigate her complaints about a "deluge" of inappropriate WhatsApp group messages that made her view the workplace as hostile, an employment tribunal has ruled.
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Failure To Address Group Chat Jokes Pushed Worker To Quit

By Hanna Vioque

Blackpool Council forced an employee to resign after it failed to formally investigate her complaints about a "deluge" of inappropriate WhatsApp group messages that made her view the workplace as hostile, an employment tribunal has ruled.

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Airbnb Owner Was Housekeeper's Employer, Tribunal Rules

By Hanna Vioque

A housekeeper who worked at a Scottish castle was an employee instead of a worker and can proceed to sue her old boss for unfairly dismissing her, an employment tribunal has ruled.

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Ex-Post Office Boss Denies 'Cover Up' Of IT Bugs

By Sophia Dourou

A former Post Office boss has denied trying to "cover up" the fact that senior members of the organization knew the IT system used to prosecute hundreds of innocent sub-postmasters was faulty, as he gave evidence to an inquiry Thursday.

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ENFORCEMENT

Autonomy Became Less Transparent Before Sale, Jury Told

By Bonnie Eslinger

An ex-market analyst testifying Thursday in a California criminal trial over claims that former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch duped HP into buying the British company for $11.7 billion told jurors that the company became less forthcoming about some of its accounting a couple of years before the sale.

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Solicitor Struck Off For Misleading Client Over PI Claim

By William Janes

A former Slater and Gordon personal injury lawyer who admitted that he misled a client about the status of her claim for more than 15 years was struck off by a tribunal on Thursday.

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LITIGATION

Law Firm Denies Thwarting Driver's Injury Claim

By Tabitha Burbidge

JMW Solicitors has pushed back at accusations by an injured delivery driver that it filed his compensation claim against the wrong defendant to avoid a conflict of interest with a valuable client.

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NHS Assistant With Lung Condition Wins COVID Bias Claim

By Tabitha Burbidge

An NHS trust in England forced a hospital worker with a chronic lung condition to quit her job by refusing to let her work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, a tribunal has ruled.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Pension Schemes Moving Toward Net Zero, Watchdog Says

By Sam Tabahriti

Britain's pensions watchdog said in a review published Thursday that retirement savings schemes have moved closer to achieving net-zero emissions standards in their portfolios by updating investment strategies and boosting allocations to low-carbon funds.

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DEALS

Squire Patton Steers £130M Mitsubishi Pension Deal

By Joel Poultney

Insurer Just Group said Thursday it has signed off on a £130 million ($163 million) buy-in transaction for a scheme sponsored by Mitsubishi Chemical UK Ltd. in a deal guided by Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

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Squire Patton Advises Broadstone Buy Of Credit Risk Co.

By Joel Poultney

Broadstone said on Thursday it had acquired credit risk company Vestigo Partners Ltd., in a deal steered by Squire Patton Boggs and Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Tribunal Cases Illustrate Balancing Act Of Anti-Bias Protection

Recent employment tribunal discrimination cases show employers the complexities of determining the scope of protected characteristics under the Equality Act, and responding proportionately, particularly when conflicts involve controversial beliefs that can trigger competing employee discrimination claims, say Michael Powner and Sophie Rothwell at Charles Russell.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

4 New Square

Bird Marella

Charles Russell Speechlys

Clifford Chance

Clyde & Co

JMW Solicitors LLP

Slater and Gordon

Squire Patton

Steptoe LLP

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Airbnb Inc.

British Broadcasting Corp.

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

Energizer Holdings Inc.

Ernst & Young LLP

Harbour Litigation Funding Ltd.

Iron Mountain Inc.

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California