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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Most employers say applicants should disclose pregnancy

19 Feb 2018

Six in 10 employers (59%) believe a woman should have to reveal she is pregnant during the recruitment process, according...

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Primark faces £47k bill for ‘shocking’ transgender discrimination

13 Feb 2018

An employment tribunal has told Primark to adopt a policy on how to deal with transgender staff after it found...

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Why there is no quick fix for the gender pay gap

9 Feb 2018

As the deadlines for gender pay gap reporting edge closer, organisations yet to report will be thinking carefully about how...

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Why supporting all carers benefits men, women and business

9 Feb 2018

Recent research showing how women and men continue to struggle to achieve the right balance between their work and family...

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Changes to judges’ pension scheme found to be discriminatory at EAT

31 Jan 2018

A group of judges have won their Employment Appeal Tribunal case, which found that transitional arrangements to a new public...

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Woman paid less than male colleague wins equal pay claim

26 Jan 2018

A female manager who was paid £7,680 a year less than a male colleague, despite doing the same job, last...

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More protection needed against sexual harassment by third parties

23 Jan 2018

The law should be strengthened to protect women from sexual harassment by third parties, as well as colleagues, a gender...

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Disabled shop worker wins tribunal award from M&S over lift key

15 Jan 2018

An employment tribunal has made an award of £1,000 against Marks and Spencer after a delay in providing a disabled...

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Salesman loses racial discrimination claim following “fat pikey” comment

11 Jan 2018

A technology salesman who said he was called a “fat ginger pikey” and “Gimli” by his managers has lost a...

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Google faces class action claim over white male discrimination

9 Jan 2018

Two former Google employees have accused the company of discriminating against white conservative men in a class action claim.

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Report calls for action on women’s health issues at work

4 Jan 2018

A recent report from the Work Foundation is appealing for an end to stigma surrounding women’s health issues at work,...

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EAT rules that perceiving condition as a disability is discriminatory

4 Jan 2018

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that it can be considered direct disability discrimination to reject a job application...

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Top 10 HR questions December 2017: Workers’ rights post-Brexit

2 Jan 2018

December saw the announcement of an agreement between the UK and the EU on citizens’ rights following Brexit. Employers are...

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From workers’ rights to dress codes: What does 2018 have in store?

28 Dec 2017

Brexit may mean a degree of uncertainty in employment law, but what is the direction of travel in 2018? Beverley...

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