“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

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

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

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

Forcing early retirement unlawful

Was the police force allowed to retire a large number of its officers early to save costs? No, according to an Employment Tribunal in the recent case of Harrod v Midlands Police. Background In order to meet the government’s budget… Read on

Forcing a Christian to work on a Sunday

Is it lawful to force a Christian employee, with deeply held beliefs about the Sabbath, to work on a Sunday? Yes it is, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Mba v. London Borough of Merton. Background… 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