Was dress code banning Muslim headscarf legal?

The European Court of Justice has given a judgment in a case where a Muslim employee was barred from wearing her head dress by G4S. How did the Advocate General decide? Background The Equal Treatment Framework Directive (which underlies equality… Read on

Dismissed for anger at disability disadvantage: discrimination?

Dismissed for anger at disability disadvantage: discrimination? Mr Risby, a paraplegic wheelchair user who was dismissed after losing his temper because he could not access a training venue, has won a claim for disability discrimination. We report on an important… Read on

New case on childcare vouchers

The EAT has recently made a decision as to whether it was discriminatory to suspend childcare vouchers during maternity leave which were provided through a salary sacrifice scheme. Background The Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999 only suspend “remuneration” during… Read on

Transgender employment law fact sheet

  Gender reassignment is one of the nine “protected characteristics” under discrimination law, along with sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, race etc. But there are some important differences when it comes to gender reassignment. Our fact sheet highlights some… Read on

Muslim discriminated against by pay scale?

Did the Prison Service’s pay system indirectly discriminate against Muslim prison chaplains? The Prison Service had only employed Muslim chaplains since 2002, but had employed Christian chaplains for some time before that. This meant that Muslim chaplains were generally lower… Read on

Duty to adjust sickness policy?

The Court of Appeal has recently considered whether sickness absence policies that apply equally to disabled and non-disabled employees can be capable of putting disabled employees at a disadvantage. If not, then no reasonable adjustments would be required. Background This… Read on

Disability : tough case on redundancy adjustments

We report on a tough case about reasonable adjustments for a disabled employee in a redundancy situation. Here, the Tribunal doubted whether selecting the best candidate for the alternative role was a legitimate aim where there is a disabled candidate.… Read on

Hugely important new case on discrimination

We report on a significant and far reaching decision of the European Court of Justice which will significantly extend claims for “indirect discrimination”. Background In broad terms, indirect discrimination occurs where a “provision criterion or practice” puts a group of… Read on