Expressing negative views on homosexuality: discrimination

In this case, the Claimant, Miss Mbuyi, was dismissed by her employer, Newpark Childcare because of comments she had made during a disciplinary hearing about homosexuality. Miss Mbuyi is a Christian and had said that “homosexuality is a sin”. Dismissing… Read on

‘Support Gay Marriage’ cake: discrimination

Background The County Court has held that a bakery in Northern Ireland directly discriminated against a customer on grounds of his sexual orientation when it refused to bake a cake for him with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage” on it.… Read on

Trip hazard Muslim jilbab: discrimination?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently been asked to decide whether a nursery school’s requirement that a Muslim lady not wear a full-length jilbab – because this would present a tripping hazard – was unlawful discrimination. Background In this case,… Read on

Type 2 diabetes a disability?

People are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if they are overweight or obese. In this case, the EAT had to decide whether the diabetes amounted to a disability. Background Mr Stout was employed by Metroline Travel Ltd… Read on

Non-payment of bonus disability discrimination

A bonus scheme penalising employees for their poor sickness records was disability discrimination, holds the EAT, even though the bonus administrator had no knowledge of the disability. Background The employer in this case, the Land Registry, operated a bonus scheme… Read on

Reasonable adjustments – when does the duty apply?

This case holds that there is no duty to make reasonable adjustments until an employee is ready to return to work. Read the full decision in Doran v Department for Work and Pensions. Background In January 2010, Miss Doran… Read on

39% of over 50s prefer flexible working before retirement

Following the UK’s silver workforce gaining the right to request flexible working last summer (recap here), a Government poll just published shows that 39% of over 50s not currently retired said that working part time or flexible hours before stopping… Read on

Obesity can constitute a disability

Mr Kaltoft is 1.72 metres tall and weighs over 100kg. This gives him a BMI of 54, which is classified as severe or extreme morbid obesity. We have recently reported about obesity and disability law. In the recent case of… Read on

Important case on time limits

The EAT has recently confirmed that time limits for bringing discrimination claims for detrimental treatment run from the date on which the decision to make the detriment was taken as opposed to when the employee learns of it. The case… Read on

Was compulsory retirement at 70 legal?

Yes, said the employment tribunal in White v Ministry of Justice. Background Mr White was a retired circuit judge. He claimed that the Ministry of Justice’s statutory requirement to retire at age 70 was age discrimination. He argued that, at… Read on