‘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

Non-payment of bonus disability discrimination

A bonus scheme penalising employees for their poor sickness records was disability discrimination, holds the EAT, even though the bonus administrator had no knowledge of the disability. Background The employer in this case, the Land Registry, operated a bonus scheme… Read on

Was criminal conviction dismissal discrimination?

Was a disabled employee with Asperger’s syndrome discriminated against by being dismissed following a criminal conviction? No, said the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Hensman v Ministry of Defence. Background Mr Hensman suffered from Asperger’s syndrome. He was dismissed 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

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