New Case on Burden of Proof in Discrimination Cases

Generally speaking, the burden of proof in civil proceedings is on the person who brings a claim in a dispute. So, for example, it is necessary for an employee bringing a claim in respect of an underpayment of wages to… Read on

“Oh ****, she’s pregnant”

We report on a case where the redundancy of an employee returning from maternity leave was tainted by sex discrimination. Background In this case, Fidessa Plc v. Lancaster, Ms Lancaster was made redundant after returning from her second period of… Read on

New Equality Act – 5 essential tips

With the Equality Act 2010 came some important new rules about discrimination. While best practice remained broadly the same as before, and the act meant to streamline the existing law, there were some important changes. These are important, because there… Read on

Religious belief discrimination case

We report on a case where it was held not to be indirect discrimination on grounds of religion or belief for an employee to be refused holiday to attend religious festivals. Background The Claimant in this case, Mr Gareddu, claimed… Read on

MPs demand maternity law shake up

The call of the Women and Equalities Committee for greater rights for new mothers and mothers to be is biting in its criticism of the current situation and wide ranging in its demands. In the report, the Committee condemns the… Read on

What are your ante-natal care rights?

Ante-natal care rights entitle certain working parents to reasonable paid time off work in order to attend ante-natal appointments. The employee must be attending the appointment on the advice of a suitably qualified practitioner (doctor, registered midwife or registered nurse).… Read on

What are protected characteristics?

Protected characteristics are personal characteristics which are protected by discrimination law. The following characteristics are protected: Sex Race Disability Age Religion or belief Sexual orientation Transgender status To find out more about how these protected characteristics can give rise to… Read on