Discrimination

It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee or job applicant because of any of the protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010.

The nine protected characteristics are age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and marriage and civil partnership.


British Vogue editor racially profiled at his workplace

Black editor of prominent fashion publication was asked to enter his office via the loading bay by a security guard.

MP’s bid to protect women from unfair redundancy gets over first hurdle

10 Jul 2020

Maria Miller's proposals aim to bolster rights of women on maternity leave, who are often considered an easy target for redundancy.

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Keir Starmer promises to take unconscious bias training

6 Jul 2020

BLM comments prompt the Labour leader to promise to take unconscious bias training.

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Raph Mokades, founder and managing director of Rare

Top law firms commit to robust ethnic equality measures

6 Jul 2020

Seventeen leading law firms, including seven of the top 10 by revenue, have pledged to better promote the careers of BAME lawyers.

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Top UK employers urged to disclose parental leave and pay

6 Jul 2020

Employers warned they could lose out on the best talent if they do not include transparency over family friendly working arrangements.

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Bias behind failure to select women for FTSE boards revealed

3 Jul 2020

Flawed selection procedures and entrenched bias are combining to minimise the numbers of women on FTSE company boards...

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Senior female executive who refused to socialise with male team loses sex discrimination claim

1 Jul 2020

Fellow workers claimed she was “dictatorial” and lacked respect for colleagues.

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Lecturer called ‘mad as a box of frogs’ wins constructive dismissal claim

30 Jun 2020

A former university lecturer has successfully brought a constructive unfair dismissal claim at an employment tribunal after the education establishment...

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Black jobs matter: does the law curb positive action?

29 Jun 2020

Employers looking to take strong action to boost diversity must be very mindful of the Equality Act 2010.

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Why placing people in groups based on risk goes against inclusivity

29 Jun 2020

As employers prepare to return to work, many are considering certain groups of employees based on their risk factors. But...

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How to hire staff more fairly and recognise diversity

29 Jun 2020

Recognising our biases and presumptions is only the start of achieving the fairer, more inclusive, recruitment processes our businesses need...

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Financial whistleblower wins £75k payout in sex discrimination case

25 Jun 2020

Female compliance worker been subjected to sex discrimination after raising concerns about potential financial malpractice.

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‘Urgent action’ needed on lack of black people in senior roles

22 Jun 2020

New research reveals almost no movement since 2014 on number of black people who hold leadership positions in the UK.

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Racism in the workplace: new survey shows only slow progress

18 Jun 2020

Black workers reveal experiences of racism in careers while an in-depth study of census figures underlines how ethnic inequalities persist.

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Black trainee vicar rejected after being told parish is ‘monochrome white’

17 Jun 2020

A black trainee vicar has been rejected for a job after church bosses said he “might feel uncomfortable” in a...

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