The rights of LGBT workers

The Equality bill 2010 provides protection against discrimination in the provision of goods and services on grounds of sexual orientation. There is now full legal equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transsexuals. The Trade Union Commission has been campaigning these objectives since first adopting gay right policy in 1985. The legal transformation has been … Read more

Religious Discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits, at Section 10, discrimination on the basis of a person’s religion or belief.  In general a person is prevented from discrimination if they have a clear structure and belief system.   Such a definition prevents spurious claims on the basis of pseudo religious practices.   The European Human Rights Commission … Read more

Disability discrimination: Occupational Health report is not enough

We previously talked about disability discrimination and how if an employee self diagnoses themselves with an illness (be it physical or mental) that doesn’t mean that an employer has to implement reasonable adjustments. Instead they will need to get confirmation from other sources such as the employee’s doctor etc to confirm the knowledge that an … Read more

Reasonable Adjustments: Employer knowledge

Under the Equality Act 2010 an Employer is under a duty, pursuant to Section 20, to make reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities. In particular there are 3 areas in which an employer has to consider reasonable adjustments and they are as follows: Equality Act 2010 S.20 … (3)The first requirement is a requirement, where … Read more

Incompetent employer does not necessarily make a dismissal unfair.

Employment solicitors who act for respondents are probably all breathing a sigh of relief following a decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The case in question (Osoba v Chief Constable of Herts) related to a claim for unfair dismissal and age discrimination following a redundancy proceedings. The issue in this case revolved around the scoring … Read more

Reasonable Adjustments for Disabled Employees

What are Reasonable Adjustments? Under Section 20 of The Equality Act 2010 employers have a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments to prevent their disabled employees, or those applying for positions within the company, from suffering a disadvantage when compared to other employees. Factors such as economic and practical viability will be taken into consideration … Read more

Sexual Discrimination claim settled with solicitor “told to stay single”

A female solicitor who lodged claims for sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and wrongful dismissal, has settled her claims against a West Country firm of solicitors. Kate Baker, 33, alleged that her employer did not want her to have a relationship or have children and that she was dismissed after she began a relationship. The Employment Tribunal … Read more

Racial Discrimination at Work

Racial Discrimination at Work Section 9 of the Equality Act 2010 covers the protected characteristic of Race.  Race for the purpose of the Equality Act includes colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins.[1] Discrimination on the basis of caste is not yet included in the legislation. Although it is fully expected to be included in the future … Read more

Part-time Workers

Employment Rights for Part-time Workers There has been a surge in part-time work over recent years.  More than 6 million people are now part-time workers in the UK and as  many as 47% of all females in employment are working part-time. Part-time workers have the right not to be treated less favourably than comparable full-time … Read more