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.


So… can employers enhance maternity pay but not shared parental pay?

Recent tribunal decisions have provided some guidance on the legalities of offering enhanced maternity but not enhanced shared parental pay....

Supporting transgender employees: the importance of line management

27 May 2018

Recent research has highlighted that line management is a critical function when it comes to supporting trans employees, as Rosa...

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Government dress code guidance dismissed as ‘Janet and John’

18 May 2018

The Government today issued guidance for employers on how they can ensure dress codes are not discriminatory. They do not...

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Court of Appeal: Dismissal for behaviour related to disability was discrimination

16 May 2018

Employers could be liable for disability discrimination if they dismiss employees for behaviour that is related to their disability, the...

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World Cup 2018: Six goals for employers

16 May 2018

The 2018 World Cup in Russia sees 32 nations taking part in 63 matches from Thursday 14 June until Sunday...

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Male employee on shared parental pay not directly discriminated against, rules EAT

1 May 2018

It is not direct sex discrimination to offer men on shared parental leave statutory pay while at the same time...

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Third of LGBT employees hide their sexual orientation at work

30 Apr 2018

Gay, bisexual and trans campaign group Stonewall last week called on employers to develop zero-tolerance policies on discrimination against employees...

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One in six workers with diabetes feel they have been discriminated against

13 Apr 2018

One in six workers with diabetes feels they have been discriminated against at work because of their condition, the charity...

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How to use neuroscience to tackle unconscious bias

10 Apr 2018

Testing for instinctive prejudices in the workplace is a controversial area. But an approach based on the functioning of the...

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Disabled DWP employee was treated unfairly, tribunal rules

9 Apr 2018

A disabled Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employee has won £26,000 in compensation after an employment tribunal ruled he...

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Five Brexit risks employers should plan for

27 Mar 2018

With Brexit headlines seeming to contradict each other every day, employers lack certainty around workforce planning. Dan Peyton from law...

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Can we be bothered? How racism persists in the workplace

23 Mar 2018

While great progress has been made with tackling racism in recent decades, Professor Binna Kandola argues that it lives on...

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Senior Institute of Directors staff resign after discrimination allegations

12 Mar 2018

The head of one of the UK’s longest-established business groups has defended the investigation of racism, bullying and sexism allegations...

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Leigh Day: the law firm taking on the giants over equal pay

12 Mar 2018

Leigh Day has represented thousands of workers in employment claims they might not otherwise have been able to fight. But...

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How to manage gender identity in the workplace

7 Mar 2018

It can be difficult for employers to know where to find information on supporting trans employees in the workplace. Clare...

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