Wheelchair on bus case: employment law significance

You will all be aware of the Supreme Court telling FirstGroup Plc that it must instruct its drivers to “require and pressurise” bus users who are blocking spaces allocated to wheelchair users to move out of the way. The Supreme… Read on

Type 2 Diabetes and Disability

Can having Type 2 Diabetes amount to a disability even though it has not yet fully manifested itself and/or lifestyle changes may stop it progressing? Background The short answer is ‘yes’. In this case (Taylor v. Ladbrokes) the EAT had… Read on

High heels and dress codes

The Parliamentary Petitions Committee and the Women and Equalities Committee have responded to a petition signed by more than 150,000 people by publishing a joint report “High Heels and Workplace Dress Codes”. The petition demanded that such requirements be made… Read on

Subway – autistic agency employee – discrimination

A Subway sandwich store employment agency has recently been found guilty of discriminating against an autistic employee, and has suffered a £15,484 Tribunal award. Background The employer in this case was Regal Consultancy Limited, who supplies staff to Subway stores… Read on

What are protected characteristics?

Protected characteristics are personal characteristics which are protected by discrimination law. The following characteristics are protected: Sex Race Disability Age Religion or belief Sexual orientation Transgender status To find out more about how these protected characteristics can give rise to… Read on

What are flexible working requests?

A flexible working request is a request to alter working times or conditions. Requests can be made for any reason, but need to be made in the correct format by employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service. Once a… Read on

Stress did not amount to disability

We report on a case where the stress suffered by an employee due to his work situation and subsequent litigation was not sufficient to give rise to a disability. Background In this case the Claimant, Mr Herry, brought a wide-ranging… Read on

Sex segregation not discriminatory

This case involves the segregation of pupils between the ages of 9 and 16 at a school, in order to reflect an Islamic ethos. Was this discriminatory? Background This was a challenge by the school to an inspection report which… Read on

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