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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Migrants face less discrimination than their adult children

20 Jan 2020

The UK-born children of migrants feel they are more discriminated against than new migrants and are more likely to be unemployed.

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Oxford Uni to keep retirement policy and appeal ageism ruling

17 Jan 2020

Institution to stand by policy designed to promote younger academics and will appeal Prof Ewart ruling.

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Dress codes and religious discrimination: what is reasonable?

17 Jan 2020

While having a dress code can help project a professional image, employers need to be careful that their policies do...

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Transgender woman rejected for Debenhams job receives £9k settlement

16 Jan 2020

Ava Moore alleged she was turned down because of her gender identity.

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Banker was dismissed because of age, tribunal hears

16 Jan 2020

A 55-year-old Citigroup banker who was told “you are old and set in your ways” won his case at employment tribunal earlier this month, pending appeal.

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Has the ethical veganism ruling broken new ground?

16 Jan 2020

What does the “ethical veganism as a philosophical belief” ruling really mean and does it mark a change in law?...

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Six employment law cases that will shape 2020

14 Jan 2020

We look at six important employment law cases that will get the headlines in 2020, covering significant issues such as...

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‘Anti-IQ’ slurs: Why HR should be mindful of intelligence-related bullying

13 Jan 2020

Terms like “nerd” and “geek” may not seem as harmful as racial or homophobic slurs, but a senior academic last...

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Sacked pregnant worker wins £17k compensation from Liz Earle Beauty Company

10 Jan 2020

Helen Larkin was made redundant at eight months' pregnant.

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Family-friendly rights: what to look out for in 2020 and beyond

10 Jan 2020

Brexit seemed to put the brakes on progress for family-friendly rights last year, but 2020 and beyond could see some...

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Black managers sue McDonald’s over racial discrimination in US

9 Jan 2020

McDonald's is facing a lawsuit in the US accusing it of discriminating against African-American customers and staff. 

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Goldman Sachs settles disability claim with former analyst

8 Jan 2020

Investment bank Goldman Sachs has settled a discrimination claim with a former analyst who said the company failed to make...

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Landmark ruling: ethical veganism is a protected characteristic

3 Jan 2020

Ethical veganism should be protected under the Equality Act 2010.

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Oxford University professor wins unfair dismissal case

2 Jan 2020

An employment tribunal has found that Oxford University acted unlawfully when dismissing 69-year-old Professor Paul Ewart because of his age.

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