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

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

Gay cake case continues

The Irish case highlighting tensions between religious conviction and equal rights has now been determined in the Court of Appeal of Northern Ireland. It concerns a bakery’s refusal to make a cake carrying the message “support gay marriage”. Background The… Read on

Pay protection a reasonable adjustment?

We report on a case where, due to his disability, an employee was given reduced duties, but the employer wanted to reduce his salary accordingly. Were they allowed to do this? Background Mr Powell was employed by G4S Cash Solutions… Read on

Ban on Islamic head scarf: direct discrimination

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has recently considered a case in France, where there was a blanket prohibition on Islamic head scarves in a company. This was found to be direct discrimination, and further, because it… Read on

Brexism – be aware

Since the Brexit vote to leave the EU, a political divide has arisen between two very deeply held beliefs amongst the British public. Much of the divide has become extremely emotional. Matters are likely to be compounded because on one… 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