Transgender employment law fact sheet

  Gender reassignment is one of the nine “protected characteristics” under discrimination law, along with sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, race etc. But there are some important differences when it comes to gender reassignment. Our fact sheet highlights some… Read on

Muslim discriminated against by pay scale?

Did the Prison Service’s pay system indirectly discriminate against Muslim prison chaplains? The Prison Service had only employed Muslim chaplains since 2002, but had employed Christian chaplains for some time before that. This meant that Muslim chaplains were generally lower… Read on

Duty to adjust sickness policy?

The Court of Appeal has recently considered whether sickness absence policies that apply equally to disabled and non-disabled employees can be capable of putting disabled employees at a disadvantage. If not, then no reasonable adjustments would be required. Background This… Read on

Hugely important new case on discrimination

We report on a significant and far reaching decision of the European Court of Justice which will significantly extend claims for “indirect discrimination”. Background In broad terms, indirect discrimination occurs where a “provision criterion or practice” puts a group of… Read on

Afghan interpreters unable to bring discrimination claims

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has told 2 Afghani interpreters they cannot bring claims for indirect discrimination against the government. Their claims related to their not being given protection, benefits, and relocation opportunities, despite suffering intimidation and death threats as a… Read on

Expressing negative views on homosexuality: discrimination

In this case, the Claimant, Miss Mbuyi, was dismissed by her employer, Newpark Childcare because of comments she had made during a disciplinary hearing about homosexuality. Miss Mbuyi is a Christian and had said that “homosexuality is a sin”. Dismissing… Read on

‘Support Gay Marriage’ cake: discrimination

Background The County Court has held that a bakery in Northern Ireland directly discriminated against a customer on grounds of his sexual orientation when it refused to bake a cake for him with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage” on it.… Read on

Trip hazard Muslim jilbab: discrimination?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently been asked to decide whether a nursery school’s requirement that a Muslim lady not wear a full-length jilbab – because this would present a tripping hazard – was unlawful discrimination. Background In this case,… Read on