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

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

Discrimination to save money potentially lawfull

Would it be lawful or unlawful to dismiss an employee at the age of 49 simply to save a large pension bill of up to £1m accruing after their 50th birthday? On the face of it, this would amount to… Read on

What does discrimination mean?

Discrimination, in legal terms, refers to a wide range of protection provided to workers against discrimination on grounds of sex, race, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status. These are referred to as ‘protected characteristics’. Most… Read on