Gay cake case continues

The Irish case highlighting tensions between religious conviction and equal rights has now been determined in the Court of Appeal of Northern Ireland. It concerns a bakery’s refusal to make a cake carrying the message “support gay marriage”. Background The… Read on

Pay protection a reasonable adjustment?

We report on a case where, due to his disability, an employee was given reduced duties, but the employer wanted to reduce his salary accordingly. Were they allowed to do this? Background Mr Powell was employed by G4S Cash Solutions… Read on

Ban on Islamic head scarf: direct discrimination

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has recently considered a case in France, where there was a blanket prohibition on Islamic head scarves in a company. This was found to be direct discrimination, and further, because it… Read on

Brexism – be aware

Since the Brexit vote to leave the EU, a political divide has arisen between two very deeply held beliefs amongst the British public. Much of the divide has become extremely emotional. Matters are likely to be compounded because on one… Read on

Abuse due to immigration status not discrimination

We report on recent judgments of the Supreme Court in which they have held that domestic workers who were seriously abused because of their immigration status were not discriminated against on the grounds of race or nationality. Background Ms Onu… Read on

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