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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Police officer’s ‘perceived disability’ was discriminatory

A police officer in Wiltshire Constabulary suffered from a degree of hearing loss but this did not affect her ability to do her job, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

TfL employee wins discrimination claim after manager doubts his command of English

18 Jun 2019

A Transport for London employee who was told he could not take part in training and conference calls because English...

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Lloyd’s of London sexual harassment cases multiply

14 Jun 2019

Further evidence of a culture of lewd behaviour at Lloyd's of London emerged this week after an executive was suspended after sending a sexually suggestive email about a female colleague.

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Prevent use of NDAs for discrimination and harassment cover-ups, say MPs

11 Jun 2019

Non-disclosure agreements should not be used to prevent employees from discussing allegations of discrimination and harassment with other staff, while...

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Tribunal ruling overthrown because judge fell asleep

7 Jun 2019

A victimisation case at an employment tribunal will be reheard after the judge fell asleep during proceedings before making the judgement in the claimant's favour.

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Sephora and racial profiling: what can a single training day achieve?

7 Jun 2019

The beauty retailer closed its US stores to deliver diversity training after an incident of racial profiling.

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Female academics ‘discriminated against’ by universities, research claims

6 Jun 2019

Female academics at top universities do not progress as quickly, or to the same levels, as men with the same...

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Supreme Court to hear ‘judges are workers’ case

4 Jun 2019

A judge who is seeking a clarification in the law to recognise judges as workers will make her case at...

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JPMorgan Chase settles US paternity leave case for $5m

31 May 2019

JPMorgan Chase will pay $5m to settle a discrimination claim filed by a male employee in the US

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‘Black and white minstrel’ worker wins racial harassment appeal

31 May 2019

An employee who dressed as a “black and white minstrel” at a work Christmas party and sung a “racist” song...

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Employers can enhance maternity pay and not shared parental pay

28 May 2019

The Court of Appeal has ruled that employers can enhance maternity pay, while only offering statutory shared parental pay for fathers.

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Employee wins pregnancy discrimination case

24 May 2019

A woman has won a claim of unfair dismissal and discrimination after resigning from her job because of her employer's attitude toward her pregnancy.

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Oxford University’s retirement age not discriminatory, tribunal finds

23 May 2019

A former Oxford University academic who was forced to retire at 67 has lost his claim for unfair dismissal and...

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Culture shift needed to tackle discrimination against visibly-different staff

23 May 2019

A significant culture shift, driven by leadership teams, is needed to tackle...

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Npower discriminated against autistic worker

21 May 2019

A former Npower employee with autism has won a claim for indirect discrimination after the company failed to make adjustments...

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