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

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

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