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

Personal email dismissal fair

Employees sending chain e-mails outside work should beware. A recent Tribunal decision means their employment may be jeopardised as a result. In a non-binding decision, an Employment Tribunal has held that an employer was right to dismiss their employee for… Read on

Insolvency Practitioners: discrimination liability

A recent Tribunal decision in the aftermath of the Lehman Brothers collapse will ring alarm bells amongst Insolvency Practitioners. For the first time they are potentially on the hook as individuals for the discrimination (and potentially other actions) of their… Read on

Psychic beliefs discrimination protection

A Tribunal has recently recognised that spiritualist beliefs, including the belief in psychic and paranormal powers, are protected by anti-discrimination legislation relating to religion and belief. Mr Power was dismissed by Greater Manchester Police partly because he distributed spiritualist DVDs… Read on

Volunteers not protected by discrimination law

The Court of Appeal has decided that a (CAB) volunteer was not covered by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. This applies equally to the scope of the Equality Act 2010, which has replaced it. The judgment has brought relief to… Read on

Relaunching pub as less ‘gay’ discrimination

It has always been possible for people who are not gay to bring sexual orientation discrimination claims. For instance, where a heterosexual is discriminated against because they have gay friends. The law can also cover instructions to discriminate against customers.… Read on

Why BBC Countryfile case matters to you

Miriam O’Reilly’s Tribunal win against the BBC for direct age discrimination highlighted the ongoing debate about the perceived treatment of older women in television. However, it is also important to bear in mind the short shrift the Tribunal gave to… Read on

Grievances extreme whistleblowing hazard

Employers should not treat workers who have made a protected disclosure (otherwise known as whistleblowing) detrimentally. Financial liability for having done so is unlimited, and workers are protected from day one. Furthermore, a recent case has held that an employer… Read on