As Deliberations Begin over Capping Discrimination Payouts, Cheryl Cole's Expectations from the US Can Be Higher [6th Jun 2011]
A group of chief executives and other top management executives from a number of companies have approached ministers to suggest that the compensation awards for discrimination should be capped at £50,000. The men include the chairman of PriceWaterhouseCoopers and is led by Sir Michael Snyder the former City of London Corporation policy chief. The 25 strong group have been in discussions with the government regarding the issue and claim that these sorts of cases are happening too regularly and that some awards have been excessive. They have also suggested that if a case is lost, the person who brought the claim should pay their employers legal costs. The amount in this case would be worked out as a percentage of the employees yearly salary and would act as a deterrent to bringing cases without merit.
A woman has received compensation of £100,000 after she was injured while at work. Barbara Ann Ellis had to have three surgeries after she was bitten while at work at the immigration department at Gatwick. The person who bit her was found to be HIV positive however Mrs Ellis has not contracted the disease. However she was forced to leave her post due to her injuries and mental distress.
A man who slipped on a grape in an Asda supermarket has walked away with a compensation payment of £10,000. Thomas Wardle sued the store in Peterborough which has denied that there was an issue with the cleanliness of their environment. However the judge had noted that records of cleaning were not well kept at the time in question and this warranted the large payout. In addition to the compensation, legal expenses were also paid for the injured man. This cost £18,000. Asda is also facing two more cases along similar lines. In one case it relates to mayonnaise which was spilled and another customer is saying they were injured by falling on food.
Spanish authorities are asking for compensation after their cucumbers were blamed for a recent outbreak of E-coli which killed 18 people. The Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodrigues Zapatero said that his country would ask for compensation for the economic suffering caused to the industry. It is thought that Spanish producers are losing 200 million Euros a week in sales despite there being no link to cucumbers from the country. Meanwhile the deadly strain of the bug has been traced to a producer of bean sprouts.
Tour operators are to be given more flexibility when it comes to client compensation after the Association of British Travel Agents admitted that their code needs to allow for unforeseeable circumstances. Currently the code states that a delay of 12 hours or more qualifies for compensation, but has now said that the amount of time can vary. The changes will be put in placed at the end of this year and will mean that tour operators will not have to pay out compensation in all circumstances. For example if a customer was put up in a hotel they may not also receive compensation.
It is thought that Cheryl Cole may be able to claim compensation from the American X-Factor producer Fox Television after she was axed from the show after appearing in just four episodes . While she has been given the opportunity to return, it is thought that if she does not, she could get as much as £1.2 million in compensation. Suggestions have been made that the offer of returning to the show could be in a bid to avoid such a hefty payout.
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