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Uber’s challenge to the courts

Friday, November 4, 2016 7:26
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Image result for employment tribunalCU suggested on Monday that Uber’s challenge to the now employed status of its self employed drivers will pass easily through the courts. Once a sound judge has a think about it.And with expert advice. Sound judges have also ruled on Brexit. With a rather contentious judgement.

Having attended employment tribunals for many many years, representing the employer, I am not so sure. Employment rulings have baffled me. Going into one, despite preparation and legal advice, and having a full dossier of facts and figures, was always a lottery.

For a weekend competition, here are some examples.All are HR, or actions against no-win-no-fee firm’s, if not necessarily tribunal ones. See if you can guess whether the action brought was successful or not.

CASE 1 – Young girl lost the tip of her finger shut in a manual  fire exit door. Defended by the insurance company. Doors signed as OK on a monthly H&S check just days before.

CASE 2 – Store manager fell from a ladder and suffered bruised ribs and shins. Claimed the ladder was defective. The ladder had been signed off as ‘in full working order’ the previous day. By the person now making the claim that it was faulty.

CASE 3  – Young lady suspected of theft was asked by a male supervisor to lift up her top and drop her jeans to show she hadn’t hidden anything underneath it. No item was found.

CASE 4 – An employee was observed by a member of the public in a 2nd floor display window.
The male employee was having ..erm..lets say ..a  private wonking session. The female member of the public asked for compensation for what she had witnessed. 

Case 5 – A member of a retail staff made anonymous telephone calls to fire services and local council claiming that the building was unfit for work and in breach of fire regulations. Both were rejected by the officers who attended. Same employee made 7-10 other false allegations over the next 15 days about other workers.The management. human rights etc etc. Employee was dismissed after 20 days service, {including 7 days sickness} after three HR meetings over the previous weeks, as ‘unsuitable’. 
Claimed unfair dismissal

Case 6 – Employer was asked by a manager to do a task. When he asked ‘why us?’ {he was in a group of chatting warehouse packers} was told “because you people are not doing anything.”
The ethnic employee brought a case for a racist remark. The  words ‘YOU People’ he claimed, meant -You Black People.
The group being spoken to was of mixed ethnicity. The manager asking was mixed race himself and married to his Jamaican wife.

Match the outcome to the case.

A – Received £32,000 in damages.
B – Received apology from company and awarded £8,000 damages.
C – Received apology from company. Told to seek legal advice elsewhere
D – Received full apology from the company and compensation about £300 in vouchers.
E – Received apology from company. No compensation
F – Received no apology and no compensation.

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  • Uber is undoubtedly the best taxi service I ever tried, even though there are many contradictions around it, I like Uber. By the way, if someone wants to calculate the price of a potential ride, here is a great website allowing to do that https://ubergo.co/ .

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