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

‘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

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

Discrimination questionnaires abolished

What are discrimination questionnaires and what will their abolition mean? Statutory Questionnaires have for a long time been used by claimants in discrimination cases. In discrimination cases it can be very difficult to get to the bottom of the employer’s state of mind ... Read on

Manifestation of religious belief in the workplace

Following important guidance from the European Court of Human Rights on the extent to which religious observance in the workplace is protected, the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has issued guidance for employers. In the case of Eweida Read on

Pope comment in Times newsroom harassment

An employment tribunal has dismissed a harassment claim brought by a sub-editor at the Times. The sub-editor alleged that another sub-editor had created a hostile environment by shouting across the newsroom, referring to the Pope, in breach of the law… Read on

Individual liable for employers discrimination rewards

It should be well known that discrimination claims can be brought against individuals as well as companies, and that financial liability is unlimited. However Tribunals have usually divided up compensation where both are employers and employees are liable. This usually… Read on