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Redundancy Process & Discrimination Claims

Redundancy Process & Discrimination Claims

We review two recent first level tribunal decisions which upheld employees’ claims of discrimination, brought following a redundancy process. Redundancy Process | Case 1 The first, Robson v Clarke’s Mechanical Ltd involved a plumbing and heating engineer who was informed in a meeting with no prior consultation or notice that his employment would be terminated […]

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Covid Discrimination Claim & Employment Tribunal Ruling

Covid Discrimination Claim & Employment Tribunal Ruling

We review the recent case of a worker who lost her discrimination claim after stopping going to work over Covid concerns. She had claimed that her fear of contracting the virus was a ‘protected belief’ under the Equality Act after an employer withheld the worker’s wages. Background to Recent Covid Discrimination Claim The claimant concerned, […]

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Menopause | How to Provide Support in the Workplace

Menopause | How to Provide Support in the Workplace

Research carried out by the Fawcett Society, a charity that campaigns for gender equality and woman’s rights, has highlighted the challenges faced by women going through the menopause. The research was focused on the UK’s financial services industry. Menopause Research For many, the menopause occurs at just the point at which the opportunity to reach […]

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An Employers Guide to Discrimination in the Workplace

An Employers Guide to Discrimination in the Workplace

Discrimination in employment is a vast topic, and not one that can be examined in one article. What this article will seek to do is take a whistle-top tour through the topic, giving an overview of the legally defined forms of discrimination, how to recognise them, the impact a discrimination claim can have on your […]

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Unconscious Bias and the Law | Workplace Discrimination

Unconscious Bias and the Law | Workplace Discrimination

This short article is written against the background of the me too movement and black lives matter. It’s aim is to give pause for thought, as we ask ourselves whether it’s possible that we may have at one time or another demonstrated unconscious bias. Jennifer Eberhardt is a Professor, in the Department of Psychology at […]

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Ethical Veganism now a Protected Characteristic in Employment Law

Ethical Veganism now a Protected Characteristic in Employment Law

Following a Preliminary Hearing on January 2nd and 3rd 2020, Norwich Employment Tribunal found that the Claimant’s “Ethical Veganism” is a philosophical belief and therefore it falls within the protected characteristic of Religion or Belief under the Equality Act. Whilst this is not a binding judgment for future Tribunals, it means that it is potentially […]

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A Complete Defence to Discrimination Claims

A Complete Defence to Discrimination Claims

Have you ever worried about what happens if one of your employees says or does something that could be considered discriminatory? Are you still liable to discrimination claims even though it’s no fault of yours that this person has said or acted in the way that they did? The bad news is that you can […]

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Understanding the Complex Nature of Disability Discrimination Claims

Understanding the Complex Nature of Disability Discrimination Claims

New figures have confirmed that disability discrimination claims rose 37% in 2018 from the previous year, and this trend is expected to continue. We review two recent cases which highlight the ongoing intricacies and complexities of disability discrimination claims. Woods v Durham County Council This interesting and unusual case highlighted that a person with an […]

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