Discrimination by agent (not employer)

We report on a case where a union was held to be liable because of the actions of its officials who were actually employed by a third party, Heathrow Airport, not the union. Background In this case (Unite Union v.… Read on

Abuse due to immigration status not discrimination

We report on recent judgments of the Supreme Court in which they have held that domestic workers who were seriously abused because of their immigration status were not discriminated against on the grounds of race or nationality. Background Ms Onu… Read on

Pope comment in Times newsroom harassment

An employment tribunal has dismissed a harassment claim brought by a sub-editor at the Times. The sub-editor alleged that another sub-editor had created a hostile environment by shouting across the newsroom, referring to the Pope, in breach of the law… Read on

Facebook comments: fair dismissal

A recent Facebook dismissal case heard by a Tribunal in Northern Ireland, has made some interesting findings which add to the developing law in this area. An employee of TeleTech UK Limited posted a vulgar comment concerning a colleague on… 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

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

What is gross misconduct?

Gross misconduct is conduct by an employee that is so serious that it goes to the root of the employment contract and effectively destroys it. Gross misconduct covers actions like theft, assault on another employee, fraud, bullying or harassment. Where… Read on