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.


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Ousted Oxford professor reinstated and awarded £30k

13 Oct 2020

An Oxford University professor who was forced to leave his job under a retirement age policy is to have his...

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What does the Jaguar Land Rover judgment mean for employers?

13 Oct 2020

A recent tribunal judgment found that non-binary individuals can fall under the protected characteristic of gender reassignment. Employers should review...

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‘White privilege’: using HR’s influence to tackle racism and bias

12 Oct 2020

For white HR professionals to become true anti-racist allies, they need to get better at sitting with discomfort when examining...

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Christian loses discrimination claim in LGBT teaching case

7 Oct 2020

A Christian school assistant who took her former employer to tribunal over claims she was sacked because of her religious...

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Managing conflict: How are investigations holding up in the pandemic?

6 Oct 2020

Just because a high proportion of employees are away from the office does not mean conflict has disappeared.

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Ten years of the Equality Act 2010: key cases for employers

1 Oct 2020

Ten years ago, the Equality Act 2010 consolidated discrimination laws into a single piece of legislation. We highlight 10 key...

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Black barrister misidentified many times in one day at court

24 Sep 2020

A black barrister was yesterday (23 September) stopped and mistaken for a defendant several times in one day at her court workplace.

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Security guard called ‘honey’ by manager wins £10k in sex discrimination case

24 Sep 2020

The worker was repeatedly called ‘honey’ by her manager, had her hours reduced and was denied the ability to take paid holiday.

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Dismissed Lidl worker claims to follow ancient Hellenistic philosophy

24 Sep 2020

Stoicism – an ancient philosophy – is a protected characteristic, rules tribunal.

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How racism, wellbeing and performance are connected

22 Sep 2020

There's a complex series of links between performance, wellbeing, racism and ethnicity that needs to be understood if businesses' diversity agenda is to move forward with success.

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Christian school worker sacked for sex education views seeks £56k

21 Sep 2020

A Christian school assistant is taking her former employer to tribunal over claims she was sacked over Facebook posts in...

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Stonewall announces top global employers for LGBT equality

21 Sep 2020

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality charity Stonewall has announced its Top Global Employers for 2020.

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Gender-fluid and non-binary workers protected under Equality Act

17 Sep 2020

Protections under the Equality Act for those going through gender reassignment extends to those who identify as gender-fluid or non-binary,...

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First female chief executive for a Wall St bank chosen

11 Sep 2020

Citigroup has named Scotland-born Jane Fraser as its new chief executive.

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