Case Review: Fire Station Chief Sues for Racial Discrimination

A black fire station officer has sued his employers for racial discrimination after claims that his colleagues nicknamed him Malcolm X and Frank Bruno. An Employment Tribunal in Birmingham heard that Warren Simpson, 48, had joined the fire brigade in 1985. He claims that in his first week he was labelled “Frank Bruno”. Mr Simpson … 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

Case Review: Female PA wins unfair dismissal claim after affair with boss

The chief executive of a property business who sacked his 32 year old PA after a 3-year affair faces a significant payout after she won a claim for unfair dismissal.[1] The affair between the PA and the chief executive who was some 20 years older than her, lasted for 3 years. During this time he … Read more

Police officer offered pink gun wins £20k discrimination payout

An elite firearms officer at North Yorkshire Police Force has won £20,000 in compensation after a campaign of bullying and sexual harassment by colleagues. The police markswoman was accused of having an affair with a senior officer, was fooled into opening a stash of hardcore pornography and was asked by a trainee inspector “would you … Read more

Case Review: Female employee wins £12k in sexual harassment claim

A woman in Northern Ireland brought a case against her employer, Autism Initiatives NI in Belfast, following harassment from a male co-worker. After raising concerns with her employer over the behaviour of her colleague, she resigned when she felt they were not taking her complaint seriously enough and subsequently brought a claim for constructive dismissal … Read more

Change in whistleblowing protection coincides with Jimmy Savile and BBC allegations

In light of the Jimmy Savile scandal, and whether employees and directors of the BBC were aware of his alleged paedophilic activities, the issue of whistleblowing in a corporate environment has come to the fore. The biggest scandal to hit the BBC in 50 years has led to Jimmy Savile falling from one of the … Read more