Colour-blind ban discriminatory against men?

Police Scotland has accepted that it needs to reverse its ban on recruiting colour-blind trainees. This is in the face of Employment Tribunal proceedings alleging that this disadvantaged more men when compared to women; the reason being that more men… Read on

Was criminal conviction dismissal discrimination?

Was a disabled employee with Asperger’s syndrome discriminated against by being dismissed following a criminal conviction? No, said the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Hensman v Ministry of Defence. Background Mr Hensman suffered from Asperger’s syndrome. He was dismissed as a… Read on

‘Automatism’ dismissal discriminatory?

Could there be discrimination against an employee suffering from ‘automatism’? Not in the recent employment appealtTribunal decision of Howorth v North Lancashire Teaching PCT, where Mrs Howorth was dismissed after having pleaded guilty to offences of theft, dangerous driving… Read on

Obesity a disability?

Does obesity qualify as a disability? This would of course mean that employers would have to provide ‘reasonable adjustments’ such as large chairs, desks, altered duties etc. According to the Advocate of General in Kaltoft v. Billund Municipality, the… Read on

Is selecting by academic ability discrimination?

Did the civil services core skills assessment (CSA) indirectly discriminate against black and minority ethnic (BME) candidates, who are statistically less likely to pass it? Yes, said the Employment Appeal Tribunal, in the case of Essop-v-Home Office (Border Agency). This… Read on

Forcing a Christian to work on a Sunday

Is it lawful to force a Christian employee, with deeply held beliefs about the Sabbath, to work on a Sunday? Yes it is, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Mba v. London Borough of Merton. Background… Read on