European Employment Law Cases

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2020/46 Interim relief granted for employee who used union to lodge grievance over coronavirus measures (UK)

Keywords Unions, Unfair Dismissal
Authors David Hopper
Author's information

David Hopper
David Hopper is a Managing Associate at Lewis Silkin LLP.
  • Abstract

      This case involved an employee who claimed that he was unfairly dismissed for using a trade union to bring a grievance over measures his employer had taken on account of the coronavirus pandemic. The Employment Tribunal (ET) found that he was likely to be able to show at the full hearing of the case that this was an automatically unfair dismissal on grounds of his trade union membership or activities. It awarded the remedy of ‘interim relief’, ordering the employer immediately to reinstate him pending the full trial of the matter. The ET’s decision might signal a potential rise in claims for interim relief in future cases.

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