Union must pay costs of failed application
A court has rejected an application by the TSSA union for an injunction against and news outlet Reel News to prevent them propagating or repeating former TSSA employee Claire Laycock’s allegations of sexual harassment against the union’s general secretary Manuel Cortes and another employee and her complaints that the union tried to keep the allegations quiet. The union and Cortes have both denied the allegations, although Cortes apologised for his behaviour and said shortly after the events that he could not remember them. TSSA has claimed that Laycock’s allegations against it are a breach of a confidentiality agreement she signed as part of a severance package and wanted the news outlet to remove the video.
The court awarded costs against the union. Skwawkbox approached TSSA but the union declined to comment. Reel News has thanked the National Union of Journalists for providing their legal representation.
Bizarrely, while the video remains online without restriction Claire Laycock herself is still unable to speak out further despite the result, at least until an interim injunction granted to the union against her expires on 25 May.
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