Is selecting by academic ability discrimination?

Did the civil services core skills assessment (CSA) indirectly discriminate against black and minority ethnic (BME) candidates, who are statistically less likely to pass it? Yes, said the Employment Appeal Tribunal, in the case of Essop-v-Home Office (Border Agency). This… Read on

Discrimination questionnaires abolished

What are discrimination questionnaires and what will their abolition mean? Statutory Questionnaires have for a long time been used by claimants in discrimination cases. In discrimination cases it can be very difficult to get to the bottom of the employer’s state of mind ... Read on

Manifestation of religious belief in the workplace

Following important guidance from the European Court of Human Rights on the extent to which religious observance in the workplace is protected, the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has issued guidance for employers. In the case of Eweida Read on

Pope comment in Times newsroom harassment

An employment tribunal has dismissed a harassment claim brought by a sub-editor at the Times. The sub-editor alleged that another sub-editor had created a hostile environment by shouting across the newsroom, referring to the Pope, in breach of the law… Read on

Individual liable for employers discrimination rewards

It should be well known that discrimination claims can be brought against individuals as well as companies, and that financial liability is unlimited. However Tribunals have usually divided up compensation where both are employers and employees are liable. This usually… Read on

Childrens home liable for race harassment by child

Child A, who was at the children’s home run by Sheffield City Council where social worker Mr Norouzi worked, was regularly offensive to him on racial grounds. She had told him to go back to his own country, stated that… Read on

Ban on cornrows race, but not sex, discrimination

St Gregory’s Catholic Science College had banned boys from wearing their hair in cornrows, but not girls. They argued, at the High Court, that this did not discriminate against African-Caribbean pupils because the wearing of cornrows was not of exceptional… Read on

Belief in BBC protected discrimination

An Employment Tribunal has decided that an ex-BBC employee’s belief in the higher purpose of public service broadcasting (in promoting cultural interchange and social cohesion amongst other things) amounted to a philosophical belief, and deserved the protection of the Religion… Read on

April 2011: whats new?

Employment laws generally change at the beginning of October and April each year. Here is a summary of the radical changes for April 2011. Default retirement age The default retirement age of 65 will be abolished. Discrimination Positive discrimination provisions… Read on

Arbitration clause cannot stop Tribunal

Law firm Clyde and Co has recently been in the High Court to try to stop an ex-partner from bringing a claim of sex discrimination / pregnancy discrimination because she had agreed to an arbitration clause in her partnership agreement.… Read on