How does workplace discrimination affect businesses?

As an employer or business owner, ensuring your business does not tolerate workplace discrimination begins with understanding the impact discrimination has – both on the business itself and the workforce. What is workplace discrimination? Discrimination is the act of treating… Read on

Dyslexia discrimination in the workplace

It’s estimated that 1 in 10 people in the UK are dyslexic. As a result dyslexia discrimination can and does occur at work, which can cause unwarranted stress for the victims. What is dyslexia? Dyslexia is a learning disorder that… Read on

What is positive discrimination?

There are legitimate steps you can take to ensure a more diverse workplace, but it’s important to understand what amounts to positive discrimination as well as how it differs from positive action. Defining positive discrimination Positive discrimination is the act… Read on

Can I be forced to retire?

The default age at which people used to retire was 65 years. However, there is no such thing as a ‘compulsory retirement age’ anymore. Theoretically, you can carry on working for as long as you want. However, there are some… Read on

“Oh ****, she’s pregnant”

We report on a case where the redundancy of an employee returning from maternity leave was tainted by sex discrimination. Background In this case, Fidessa Plc v. Lancaster, Ms Lancaster was made redundant after returning from her second period of… Read on

Religious belief discrimination case

We report on a case where it was held not to be indirect discrimination on grounds of religion or belief for an employee to be refused holiday to attend religious festivals. Background The Claimant in this case, Mr Gareddu, claimed… Read on

Afghan interpreters unable to bring discrimination claims

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has told 2 Afghani interpreters they cannot bring claims for indirect discrimination against the government. Their claims related to their not being given protection, benefits, and relocation opportunities, despite suffering intimidation and death threats as a… 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 early retirement unlawful

Was the police force allowed to retire a large number of its officers early to save costs? No, according to an Employment Tribunal in the recent case of Harrod v Midlands Police. Background In order to meet the government’s budget… Read on