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.


Minouche Shafik

Women demand new Equal Pay Act to enforce transparency

Equal pay campaign to demand new legislation, backed by leading women from all sectors, kicks off this Thursday.

Can employers insist on their staff wearing or not wearing a poppy in the workplace?

Wearing a poppy in the workplace: myth or reality?

6 Nov 2019

Employers sometimes make the headlines over their policy on staff wearing a poppy in the workplace. We set out the...

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Boots failed to provide equipment for employee with hearing impairment

6 Nov 2019

An ex-Boots employee with a severe hearing impairment has won his case at an employment tribunal after the company failed...

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Honesty is the best policy – lies and inferences in discrimination claims

5 Nov 2019

Where lies the burden of proof in discrimination claims in a case where...

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Gender identity: How to be more inclusive when using pronouns

31 Oct 2019

Awareness of gender identity and expression has grown in recent years and its important for employers to understand how trans,...

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Government considering making employee references mandatory

29 Oct 2019

The government has said it will consult on the idea that employers should be required to provide, as a minimum,...

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BBC presenter Samira Ahmed takes equal pay case to tribunal

28 Oct 2019

BBC journalist Samira Ahmed is taking an equal pay case against the broadcaster to an employment tribunal, claiming she was...

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Youngest and oldest regions of UK revealed in new research

28 Oct 2019

A new analysis takes a regional view of age and could well inform companies' recruitment and location decisions in years to come.

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Musicians call for better freelance protections from sexual harassment

23 Oct 2019

The Musicians’ Union is campaigning for stronger protections from sexual harassment and discrimination after almost half of members surveyed said...

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Ex-Mulberry employee loses philosophical belief appeal

18 Oct 2019

A former Mulberry designer who refused to sign a copyright agreement because she had a “philosophical belief” in the right...

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Capita unfairly dismissed employee whose role was made full-time

16 Oct 2019

An employee who was made redundant when Capita Customer Management refused to allow her to continue working part time following...

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#MeToo at two: how far have we come?

15 Oct 2019

The #MeToo movement is two years old this week and has been influential in altering behaviour, bolstering equality and respect...

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Political beliefs in the workplace: what does the law say?

15 Oct 2019

As the debate over Brexit reaches a crescendo and leavers and remainers disagree on what should happen next, Richard Fox...

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Jobseekers advised to avoid words such as ‘depression’

9 Oct 2019

Jobcentre Plus employees have been advised to tell people looking for work to hide mental health issues with terms such...

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Back to basics: Employment law foundations critical for all businesses

9 Oct 2019

Brenda Charnock examines the case of a woman unfairly dismissed for being pregnant and asks why some employers fail to...

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